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ASUU strike: Lecturers reject offers, make fresh demands from FG

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has made fresh demands from the Federal Government, dashing the hopes of many students that academic activities will resume soon.

When ASUU’s leadership met with Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment on Tuesday, he said the labour dispute with the university teachers was on the verge of being resolved.

According to Ngige, the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance presented evidence that N15.4billion had been released to public universities.

On earned academic allowances, he said President Muhammadu Buhari approved N20billion to offset arrears of the 2009 to 2012 verified earnings by university teachers.

However, speaking with Premium Times on Saturday, ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi, said upon reviewing the offers made by the government, members of the union across various campuses and zones rejected it.

“Our members have rejected tokenism with respect to outstanding revitalization fund of N1.1 trillion. They are insisting that government should release at least one tranche of N220 billion spread over four quarters of 2019.

“On earned academic allowances, our members said government’s proposed amount out of the verified balance should not be less than the total amount released last time, while evidence of mainstreaming the allowances into the 2019 budget should be shown. Also, timeline should be attached to payment of the balance of the arrears.

“The revitalization fund and earned academic allowances are the two critical areas on which our members feel strongly about. They expect necessary adjustments on the part of government before they can reconsider their decision on the ongoing strike action,” Ogunyemi said.

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Atiku Abubakar has joined the #10YearChallenge craze on social media as he shares his own photos on Twitter.

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Atiku AbubakarThe presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, joined the viral#10yearchallenge.

Atiku shared a photo collage, supposedly showing how he looked ten years ago and how he looks now.

He shared the photo on his verified Twitter handle.

He captioned the photo collage,”My #10YearChallenge.#Smile”The 10-years challenge has been sweeping the cyberspace with a lot of social media users sharing old photos of themselves alongside new photos, to portray how the years have changed them.

Below is what Atiku posted:

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Buhari Sheds A Tear As He Campaigns In Kaduna, Overwhelmed By Crowd

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President Buhari’s campaign in Kaduna today was a very big success!!!

He was overwhelmed by crowd. Governor Nasir El-Rufai made sure the campaign was a big success.

Proud Fulani Nigerian lady and Buhari supporter, Zahra Zaraa Danejo

@tinkizee2 shared a very amazing video and reported how President Buhari cried in Kaduna due to the overwhelming love he got from the people of Kaduna.

She shared the video which was retweeted by Governor El-Rufai and wrote:

“PMB sheds a tear as he is overwhelmed by the love of the mammoth crowd.”

Others also shared incredible videos from President Buhari’s massive campaign in Kaduna.

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Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday – NASRDA

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The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Friday said Nigeria will join other countries of the world to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday.

The information was contained in a statement issued to NAN by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja.

According to Alle, lunar eclipse is one in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth’s shadow.

He stated that “lunar eclipse occurs only when the sun, earth and moon are exactly aligned with the earth between the two.

“There will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

“The eclipse, expected to be total, will begin in the evening of Sunday and end on Monday.

“The eclipse will start across Nigeria in the early hours of Monday at approximately 3.36 a.m. to reach its maximum
at 6.12 a.m. and end at about 6.51 a.m.

“The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be three hours and 15 minutes.”

The media head said that the lunar eclipse would by 4.33 a.m. become partial eclipse, where the moon would start getting red.

He added that “at exactly 5.41 a.m., a maximum eclipse of the moon which may be visible to human sight will be witnessed, while the moon eclipse is expected to end at 6.43 a.m.”

The communications officer stated that the eclipse was expected to take place across North, South America, Western Europe, North and West Africa and Asia.

He said that the year’s total lunar eclipse would be the last eclipse to be experienced until 2021.

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