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ASUU To Continue With Strike Until Demands Are Met.

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Chairman of the University Of Calabar Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU), Tony Eyang, has said the union will not back down until its demands are met.

ASUU commenced a two-week warning strike on Wednesday, November 16, in protest of the Federal Government’s refusal to implement the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding with the Union among other issues.

Speaking to Vanguard on Thursday, Eyang expressed regrets that the Union had to resort to the industrial action.
“We are avowed to our responsibility to the future of this country; it is regrettable that over and over again we get to this point but what we have resolved to do is that government does the needful and we will not surrender even if it means our embarking on a total and indefinite strike for years.”
According to him, the union has made several efforts to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari , Minister of Education and the National Assembly to present to them a firsthand view of what is going on in the education sector but their efforts have been unsuccessful.

He said: “When the present government came into office, ASUU exercised a lot of patience, a lot of understating as a form a support to the government and we indicated intention to have an audience with the President who is the visitor to all the federal universities, the Minister of Education and the National Assembly so as to make government see the need to address these pending issues but that has not been granted up till now.”
Eyang added that the government never showed any commitment to address any of the issues being agitated by the union including those that do not involve money like the low subvention to the universities and the Treasury Single Account, which are stifling the universities and have turned the lecturers to beggars as salaries are not paid in full for several months.
“There is a new form of slavery where university teachers are not given what they are entitled to which implies that the federal government has unilaterally reached a decision to reduce the entitlement of academic staff of universities which of course is against the labour law,” Eyang said.

He said the subventions to the universities have fallen in the past ten months, which, according to him, has increasingly made the universities unable to pay the full entitlement of its workers.

 

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Ayra Starr Is Now The Nigerian Artist With The Most Spotify Monthly Listeners

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She continues to rise as she recently surpassed Rema’s records. Ayra Starr has become the Nigerian artist with the most Spotify monthly listeners. This achievement puts her at number two among all African artists on the platform. She has 31,103,217 monthly listeners as of May 28, 2024.

This brings her closer to claiming the top spot currently held by South African star Tyla, who has 31,966,907 monthly listeners. Ayra’s dominance on Spotify comes just weeks after she eclipsed Rema’s previous record of 24.57 million monthly listeners.

Her meteoric rise began in 2021 with the release of her self-titled EP.

Since then, she’s become a powerhouse in the Nigerian and African music scene. In 2023, her hit single “Rush” earned her a Grammy nomination and also achieved Diamond certification in France, a remarkable feat.

Additionally, “Rush” became the most-viewed music video by a Nigerian female artist. Ayra’s talent and hard work have been further recognized with three nominations at the 2024 BET Awards, including Best New Artist and Best African Artist. To top it all off, her highly anticipated sophomore album, “The Year I Turned 21.”

This album features collaborations with Asake, Seyi Vibez, Aniita, Coco Jones, Giveon, and her brother Milar. It is set to drop on May 31, 2024. With her undeniable talent, chart-topping success, and upcoming album release, Ayra Starr is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

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Patience Ozokwor Marks 45 Years In Entertainment Industry

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Patience Ozokwor, the Nollywood actress who has become a household name as Mama G, is celebrating a phenomenal achievement! For a whopping 45 years, she’s been gracing our screens and captivating audiences with her performances.

To share this exciting news and express her joy, Patience took to Instagram. In a heartfelt video, she reached out to her fans and friends, thanking God for her successful career and inviting them to join the festivities.

She wrote,

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. My journey in entertainment started with sold-out school plays way back in secondary school and teacher’s training college. It’s time to celebrate this phenomenal journey, my people because God has indeed been faithful. Countdown begins now.”

Patience Ozokwor also offered a glimpse into the very beginnings of her remarkable journey in the entertainment industry. Patience’s passion for acting wasn’t something that developed later in life; it seems the stage was where she was destined to shine. It all began with a school play during her secondary school days.

The play was a runaway success, selling out all the available seats!

This early taste of applause and appreciation for her talent likely fueled her passion for acting. The fire continued to burn brightly even during her teacher training college years. Then another school play received the same enthusiastic response. Patience’s ability to hold the audience’s attention and captivate them with her acting prowess was evident from a very young age.

Patience’s announcement was met with an outpouring of love and support. Her fans, colleagues from the industry, and even close friends all rushed to celebrate her incredible achievement.

Messages of congratulations flooded in, expressing their admiration for her long and successful career. The love wasn’t just verbal; many offered their support to ensure her 45th-anniversary celebration would be a truly unforgettable event.

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Lagos To Begin Demolition Of Oshodi Market Extensions On July 30

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On Monday, an official from the Lagos government announced plans to make changes to Oshodi Market. The general manager in charge of building regulations, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, said they will begin removing unauthorised structures from the market by July 30th. This means any shops or buildings that were added on illegally will be taken down.

He said,

“The Lagos State Building Control Agency, in conjunction with the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Council Authority, has embarked on the sensitization of property owners, residents, shop owners, and market women and men on the removal of illegal structures, extensions built on road setbacks, shops, buildings, and public school premises around the Oshodi-Isolo LCDA.”

Mr. Oki also mentioned that there is a deadline to receive compensation for any structures that will be removed. This deadline is set for July 30th.

He said,

“The expiration period that we are looking at is July 30, and the action we are taking is to remove all the attachments. As you can see, some buildings are right on the road, and it is because of these attachments. Some believe that the attachment is part of the building.”

He added that even though making changes might seem easy to imagine, it can actually be very hard to do in real life.

“If we want change, it is going to affect us, and we are going to have that change at all costs. All these extensions are on work, which should not be. People selling on the road is unnecessary, and that is what we are trying to put in place; it is not a tribal issue. We must all comply with the rules and regulations.”

Mr. Oki encouraged shop owners at the market to take advantage of a special 2-month period.

During this time, they can get approval for their shops from the Lagos State government. Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu set the deadline.

“The reason we are here is to enforce; the directive of the governor is very clear; there is no attachment. Nothing should disrupt the flow of movement, which is very important, and that we stand on.”

The Executive Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Kehinde Oloyede, stated that accessibility is essential in every market.

He said,

“For market women to maximise whatever they are selling, they need access to the road. The state government believes that good access to roads would better help them in the performance of their duty, particularly agencies like the fire service.”

Oloyede explained that the local government is working together with LASBCA (Lagos State Building Control Agency). They decided to show leniency to the traders by allowing them to continue their business activities. This is until the festive period is over.

He added,

“The local government is partnering with LASBCA to the end that we have been given grace that after the festive sale ends in July, the state will intervene. However, before then, the local government would see to it that most of these extensions and attachments were removed. Those that fail to comply, then the Lagos State Government will take charge and do what they deem fit.”

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