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ASUU strike: Lecturers warn Buhari govt, reveal why strike in still on

Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has challenged the federal government to stop distorting facts about funds released to the union.

National President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the ongoing strike was still lingering due to a few disagreement between the government and the union on the mode of releasing the agreed funds.

Speaking with The Nation over the weekend, Ogunyemi, said the comment credited to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige that N163 billion was released to the Union was a distortion of facts.

He disclosed that the N163 billion mentioned by Ngige was released to the Universities by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, to meet specific needs in the universities and not the revitalization fund being demanded by the unions.

He said “The Minister of Labour referred to the release of N163bn which was not released by the Ministry of Education for revitalization. That fund he alluded to was from TETFUND.

“TETFUND was there when we carried out the NEEDS Assessment in 2012. What we called Revitalisation Fund today is a product of that exercise of 2012. We have always drawn a line of distinction between what TETFUND gives and what we should access from the NEEDS Assessment Fund. They are different terms of interventions that should not be equated to one.

“TETFUND as an intervention agency is ASUU brainchild which became a reality. The funds from the NEEDS Assessment is to fix specific items of deficiency in our system.

“Unfortunately, both federal and state governments have now relinquished their responsibilities to TETFUND. The Federal Government budget for education in term of capital project funding is worrisome.

“That is why we keep saying that the Ministry of Labour and Employment should stop saying N163bn has been released to ASUU. ASUU is not a spending agency of government. We don’t spend government money. When money is released, it goes to the universities and governing councils who are representatives of government in the schools. It is a distortion if we say N163bn was released to ASUU.”

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Mackson serenades Nigeria with brand new promotional photos ahead of his “On God” audio release

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Along with confidence/self-realization, Mackson is soaked with the ability to deliver up-tempo and catchy beats that will appeal as instant radio hits.

His sounds are expected to trigger artists in and out side Nigeria to display their musical dexterity.

Heavenly inspired by God and natural occurrences, he cites his role models in the music industry as 2Face Idibia and Wande Coal.

Interestingly, he has an inbuilt love for working with younger artists and bigger aspirations to collaborate with top Nigerian artists which he says he is not afraid to experiment with his sounds anytime-anyday.

He’s set to launch into the entertainment mainstream with his music which has grown popular with the Nigerian audience.

But before then, let’s delve into the lavish lifestyle and swag of fresh act Mackson as he serenades Nigeria with his cool looks.

His Social handles are:

INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @mack_son11
TWITTER HANDLE: @mack_son11

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Instagram Introduces Checkout Feature, Will Charge Sellers A Fee

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Mark Zuckerberg is not playing this 2019 (Not that he’s been playing since 2004, anyway). On Tuesday, Instagram announced that it’s introducing a new feature “Checkout on Instagram.”

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“When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app,” Instagram said in a statement on Tuesday.

Checkout was launched in closed beta with more than 20 top brands in the US and more brands are expected to come on board in the coming weeks.

An Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch, “We will introduce a selling fee to help fund programs and products that help make checkout possible, as well as offset transaction-related expenses.”

When asked how much the selling fee will be, the spokesperson said: “We aren’t sharing the specific number right now. We are testing a selling fee with businesses during the closed beta. It will not change the price of the items for consumers.”

On how it works, Instagram said:

WHEN YOU TAP TO VIEW A PRODUCT FROM A BRAND’S SHOPPING POST, YOU’LL SEE A “CHECKOUT ON INSTAGRAM” BUTTON ON THE PRODUCT PAGE. TAP IT TO SELECT FROM VARIOUS OPTIONS SUCH AS SIZE OR COLOR, THEN YOU’LL PROCEED TO PAYMENT WITHOUT LEAVING INSTAGRAM. YOU’LL ONLY NEED TO ENTER YOUR NAME, EMAIL, BILLING INFORMATION AND SHIPPING ADDRESS THE FIRST TIME YOU CHECK OUT.

ONCE YOUR FIRST ORDER IS COMPLETE, YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE SECURELY SAVED FOR CONVENIENCE THE NEXT TIME YOU SHOP. YOU’LL ALSO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS ABOUT SHIPMENT AND DELIVERY RIGHT INSIDE INSTAGRAM, SO YOU CAN KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PURCHASE.

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RocKNana The Revelation Concert 2019

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Uyo the capital city of Akwa Ibom will on the 31 March, 2019 play host to de cream de la cream of top personalities in the entertainment industry in Nigeria as HUK entertainment in collaboration with 94.5 passion FM celebrate the 2019 birthday/concert of fast growing Akwa Ibom born port Harcourt raised, Lagos based Nigerian musician, Rocknana.

Rocknana’s birthday was on 12 March, 2019 but will be celebrated on night of Revelation at Walbridge hotel, off IBB way, Uyo where youths will be counseled on career choice.

The event tagged ” the revelation,” will have its guest thrilled with music, comedy, Dance and a lot of entertaining features by best entertainers from within and outside South South region.

Speaking to journalists in Uyo, the managing Director of HUK entertainment, Mr. Henry Effiong hinted that though it was not the first time the Akwa Ibom born, Port Harcourt raise and Lagos base singer was celebrating her birthday in grand style, the event will be first of it kind in Akwa Ibom state.

Effiong who is in the business of career management, assured partners and those planing to be part of the event which will kick start by 5pm of a fantastic outing, even as he pledge to bring his wealth of experience to bear. FolowRocKNana on TwitterFaceBook and Instagram.

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