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Private Universities Are Recruiting Our Members – ASUU President Says



Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday, November 19 has revealed that due to the inability of the Federal Government to meet its demands which had led to the on-going strike, private universities are now recruiting some of its members.

Ogunyemi reiterated that the government cannot threaten the university lecturers with court action.

He said;

“Talking about options, whether they want to go to court and intimidate the union to surrender. You don’t do that with scholars, no country has ever survived it because we have options too.

“We talk about brain-drain now, I can tell you authoritatively that within the last two months, 25 scholars in the North-East have been harvested by this university in Yola. We know the owner. That is how it is happening, the private universities are poaching the public universities now because they can only thrive when the public universities crumble.

“We are also aware that some few months back, Ethiopia came to Nigeria, and harvested as many as 200 professors and they are still looking for more. I don’t know if the government wants their appointees to start teaching the students. Of course, many of them don’t have their children in public universities, that is why they cannot feel it. Our scholars are our national assets and we should not allow them to be decimated.”

Ogunyemi further stated that ASUU wil resist any attempt by the Federal Government to elongate the process of the integrity test being conducted on the software of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution which they proposed, countered Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige’s comment by saying that the integrity test being conducted on UTAS would take one week if the government “is conscientious about the process”.

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So talented: Watch Folarin Balogun brilliant goals in Gunners 3-0 win over Molde



Premier League giants Arsenal are blessed with a corp of talented young strike at the minute. After years of struggling in the centre forward department the north London side have a glut of attacking options coming through the ranks to supplement the efforts of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the first team.

The latest one off the conveyer belt is teenage forward Folarin Balogun. The 19-year-old scored his first senior goal for Arsenal just seconds after coming on in their 3-0 victory over Molde.

The man of the moment Folarin Balogun may not even be an Arsenal player by the time next season comes around. The 19-year-old’s contract is set to expire in June meaning Arsenal could lose him for absolutely nothing at the end of the season.

Head coach Mikel Arteta has already stated his intention to ensure that doesn’t happen though and claimed that the player wants to stay at Emirates stadium beyond next season.

Folarin originally stated his credentials as a star in the making by firing 25 goals in 19 games as Arsenal won the under-18 Premier League, before going on to score goals consistently again at Premier League 2 level.

If Balogun keeps taking his opportunities like he did against Molde then surely Arsenal will do anything to get him to commit his future to the club.

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Graphic Photo Of Man Who Committed Suicide Inside His Shop Over ‘Family Burdens’ In Kano



A man identified as Ibrahim Abubakar, has killed himself, Vanguard reports.

The man, a shop owner along Zoo Road in Kano metropolis, committed suicide on Thursday evening.

His body was discovered hanging from a rope in his shop.

His son, Abdussalam Ibrahim, told newsmen that his father was battling with psychological trauma further worsened by domestic responsibilities he could not handle, including the wedding of his daughter that is coming up soon.

He said: “Our father was battling with psychological trauma and he is also poverty-stricken. More so, my sister is due to be given out in marriage soon.

“We performed the evening prayer with him after which he went back to the shop and hung himself. He gave up the ghost despite attempts to save him when he was discovered.”

In his response, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, stated that investigation into the case is on to determine what actually happened.

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Nigerian Army And Navy Promote Senior Officers



Senior officers serving in the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force have been promoted. 

This comes after the Boards of the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and Nigerian Navy (NN) gave its approval.

The military services boards are chaired by the Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd). 

A meeting on the elevation was held on Wednesday at the Ministry of Defence, Abuja, PRNigeria reports. The board sitting were attended by Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) Lt-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, their respective military secretaries and other top officers. The promoted Army personnel are in the ranks of Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier General and Major General in the NA.

 The levels are equivalent to Commander, Captain, Commodore and Rear Admiral in the NN, and Wing Commander, Group Captain, Air Commodore and Air Vice Marshal in the NAF. On Thursday, Nigerian Navy issued a statement on the lift of 203 naval officers. 

A total of 122 Lieutenant Commanders were promoted to the rank of Commanders, 38 Commanders to Captains. Also, 24 Captains were raised to Flag Rank of Commodores, while 19 Commodores are now Flag Rank of Rear Admiral.

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