Voices

Compiled by Ernest Omoarelojie

We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere. We firmly proclaim that we do not support them, they do not speak for the people of South-Eastern Nigeria. The impression that South-East leaders are silent over some of our youths’ agitations for secession is not true.
South-East governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations. In order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, South-East leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address.

-Chairman, South East Governor’s Forum, SEGF, and governor, Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, on IPOB, MASSOB, Others.

“I always think about where I’m coming from. I look back to see where I’m coming from and of course I wouldn’t want to go back there. Whenever I remember where I grow up I tell myself I have to work harder to improve on whatever I have achieved. I want to keep going high. I don’t want to come down. I want to keep doing those things that have kept me up there and keep the people that have motivated me to get here and keep the same energy that has helped me achieve the top position.”
-Turkish Super Lig Sivasspor goal poacher, Kayode Olarenwaju, on his humble beginning and what drives him.

As we speak, they are using that (alleged withholding of salaries) to blackmail our members to enroll into the IPPIS. There are lecturers that they will pay this month, after one or two months they will stop, and all sorts of funny things.
We have met with the minister of labour and employment. We even cascaded it to the level of the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, but they (OAGF’s office) seems to be adamant on punishing our members.
On the issue of the next line of action, our union has a procedure. When it is time, we know what to do. There is a procedure for embarking on a strike and the union will follow that procedure
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-Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Jos chapter, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, dropping hints of a fresh industrial action.

I am just hearing that (threat by ASUU to resume strike) now. The check -off dues issue I think has been sorted out.
At some point two weeks ago, they (ASUU) talked about some of their members who were skipped, but I know that the Office of the Accountant General has been looking into that and solving the matter as they occur.
When work resumes (on Monday) I will find out
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-Labour Minister, Sen Chris Ngige, on ASUU’s new strike threat.

Emirates welcomes the latest protocols and measures announced by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to allow the safe resumption of passenger travel from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai. We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories.
We will resume carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India in accordance with these protocols from 23rd June. We thank the Supreme Committee for their continuous efforts in monitoring the development of the situation and announcing the appropriate guidelines and protocols to protect the community and safeguard travel sector
.”
-Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, on resumption of passenger flight between Dubai, India, Nigeria and South Africa earlier suspended over covid-19 protocols.

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