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Fusion 774 backs Tinubu To End ASSU Strike

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Fusion 774 backs Tinubu To End ASSU Strike

Fusion 774 backs Tinubu To End ASSU Strike

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

Fusion 774 backs Tinubu To End ASSU Strike

 

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s request that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, resolve the ongoing strike by university lecturers, ASUU, and other university staff members, a sociopolitical organization operating under the auspices of FUSION774 has backed Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s APC presidential candidate decision to address the issues surrounding the protracted strike.

The group said that it is imperative that government and non-governmental organizations work together to put an end to the strike that is slowly destroying Nigeria’s academic system while urging Nigerians to support Tinubu’s decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinator of the group, Comrade Sadiq Jikta in a press statement issued to newsmen on Friday, said that instead of misinterpreting the good intention of the APC presidential candidate, there is the need to support him because his intention was borne out of the desire to see that the children who have been out of school for more than five months return to school again.

The group expressed confidence that Tinubu has what it takes to mediate between the government and ASUU and find a common ground that would serve as a lasting solution to the prolonged crisis rocking the nation’s academic system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUSION 774 who expressed concern over the negative effect the strike action has been having on the students, expressed optimism that Tinubu’s decision was pure and sincere, as a leader that means well for his people.

The statement reads: “We are convinced that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a great leader, that can mediate between the government and ASUU, and bring a lasting solution to the prolonged strike of ASUU. If he is given the needed support to intervene, we are convinced that our children who have been at home for more than five months now can return to school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“He is a very intelligent politician and leader that can bring the two parties to the dialogue table to make some compromise because for you to achieve anything positive when there is a crisis between the government and any institution, there is the need for both parties to make some compromise.

“We believe that the reason for this prolonged strike is because the two parties are proving to be stubborn and none wants to make that needed compromise. So we are convinced that Tinubu as a leader and a father, will bring his intelligence to play and ensure there is a compromise from both parties and they will find a common ground to end this strike once and for all,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group further said that the lingering strike by ASUU has reached a stage where the end is more important than how it is resolved, saying that there is the need for all well-meaning and privileged Nigerians to do anything possible to make sure that students return to school as soon as possible.

“Our political leaders should emulate the steps Asiwaju is taking to put an end to this lingering crisis between the government and ASUU. If this strike continues to linger, that means we are toiling with the future of our children and the future of Nigeria, because our children are the future of this nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“That is why as a pressure group, we are calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to support Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in his moves to find a lasting solution to this strike because the international communities are watching to see how we solve the crisis in this country. So, we should not allow ourselves to continue to be put to shame as the giant of Africa.

“We should prove to be the true giant of Africa by finding lasting solutions to these pressing issues that bother our youths. Our children cannot continue to be out of school because of the failure of an institution. So, we should pray and support the decision of Tinubu and pray that he finds the long-awaited solution to end the strike, for our children to go back to school again,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUSION774 also used the opportunity to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and successful conduct of the just concluded Osun state governorship elections, urging INEC to replicate such in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

“We want to use this opportunity to commend INEC for conducting one of the most credible and peaceful elections in the just concluded Osun State governorship election. We keenly followed the process and judge the election to be credible, because the votes of the people counted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“So, we are calling on INEC to replicate this same gesture in the 2023 general elections, by ensuring that those that registered as voters get their permanent voters cards, and during the elections, when the people vote for the candidates of their choices, let their votes also count during the elections,” Jikta said.

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FG Deploys 10,000 Booklets To New P/Harcourt Passport Production Centre

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FG Deploys 10,000 Booklets To New P/Harcourt Passport Production Centre

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There is no shortage of booklets again for the production of passport in Nigeria, the Federal Government has revealed.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the commissioning of the Enhanced Passport Production Centre in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital on Tuesday, 9 August, 2022. The newly commissioned passport centre will now be responsible for the production of passport demands from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

 

 

 

 

“We have left no stone unturned in our quest to make passports available to Nigerians. Last year alone, we provided 1.3 million passports to Nigerians. As of today, there is no booklets shortage in Nigeria.

“As at the second quarter of this year (in June), the NIS have provided 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 applications received. To address the challenge of the backlog, we have sent 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and 8,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have also sent sufficient booklets to all the centres nationwide to address this challenge. There is therefore no excuse again for delay and non-issuance within a reasonable period,” Minister told the cheering public.

The Minister also urged the listening public to make sure they apply by themselves online to avoid being shortchanged by unscrupulous elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I will urge applicants for the Nigerian passport to apply early enough before their travel date to avoid cutting corners and falling into the hands of scammers and other opportunists. It is important also that they apply by themselves at the Nigeria Immigration Service portal and not through touts and unscrupulous officials, which often bring heartaches.

“We have provided a window of six weeks and three weeks for fresh application and renewal respectively, after biometric data capture, by which time, other things being equal, the passport will be ready for collection. This timeline is to enable NIS investigate and validate the claims of applicants and confer integrity on the passport issued. It is a reasonable provision in passport administration by global standard. There is no wait-and-get passport service anywhere in the world. The only wait-and-get passport is passport-sized photograph from Polaroid camera,” the Minister stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister further stated that the Passport Production Centre launched today will serve applicants from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States, but was quick to add that it doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on any of the centres, noting that a deployment of 10,000 booklets has been deployed to serve the fours states with immediate effect. He also stated that there are currently no backlogs in any of the four states.

“The production centre we are launching today will serve Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States for production purpose only. It doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on the applicants in any of the four states. It’s simply a production centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have also delivered 10,000 passports to this centre. This is in addition to the fact that there are no backlogs to be cleared. In some advanced countries we often like to cite, it takes months to procure their passports. But in addition to the standardized timeline, we have also introduced tracking mechanism in the application process, to enable applicants monitor the progress of their application.

“We are also introducing data capture centres all over the country before the end of this year, to eliminate physical contacts with NIS officials. We shall continue to introduce necessary and available innovations to passport administration in order to best serve applicants in our quest for establishing citizenship integrity,” the Minister stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While speaking, Governor Nyesom Wike, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Gogo Banigo, promised to continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service in the state, as it was the policy of his administration.

“We would continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service, just as we provided the building now housing the production centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Just as we provide support to all security agencies in the state and in particular, the agencies under the ministry of Interior, we would continue to prioritize the welfare of the citizens of the state,” Gov. Wike stated.

During his opening address, Acting Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Idris Isah Jere, revealed that the service will no longer condone any act of indiscipline by officer, noting that they must be professional in carrying out their assigned duties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also at the event were: the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, represented by Brig. General EC Echebuwe; Commander, 115 Special Operations Group, Group Captain AA Opaleye; Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr. Friday, Eboka; Controller of Customs, Rivers State Command, Dappa Williams; Rivers State Director, Department of State Services, Mr. Mohammed Shittu; Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Umar Salisu Galadunchi; Rivers State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mark Balm; amongst other dignitaries.

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Gov. Akeredolu Confirms The Arrest of Owo Church Attackers

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Gov. Akeredolu Confirms The Arrest of Owo Church Attackers

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Ondo state governor, Governor Akeredolu has confirm that the terrorists responsible for the owo attack has been arrested. He took to his twitter page to affirm what the defense minister said in the early hours of Tuesday about the arrest.

 

On his twitter page he said: “I am happy to announce that we have confirmed the arrest of the attackers of St Francis Catholic Church, Owo. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor has also announced it. We have known for a while but we needed not to come out with it because more works are still ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

Five of the attackers have been arrested, including the owner of the house in Owo where the attackers stayed before the June 5 attack, while the security operatives are still on the trail of some of them.

 

We did not spare a moment in trailing the terrorists since the horrendous attacks on innocent worshippers. We will continue to give the necessary supports to our security agencies towards protecting the lives and property in the State.”
Recall that on June 5, some group of terrorists attacked a church in owo leading to loss of lives.

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Air Peace announce suspension of flight To South Africa Over cost of Aviation Fuel

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Air Peace announce suspension of flight To South Africa Over cost of Aviation Fuel

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Air Peace has announced the suspension of flight services to Johannesburg, South Africa, effective from 22nd August 2022.

The Airline, in a statement, cited the increasing cost of aviation fuel, worsening forex scarcity and the delay in the issuance of visas to intending passengers.

 

 

 

 

 

It also urged passengers whose flights are affected to reschedule before 22nd August, 9th October or request a refund.

Air Peace also expressed optimism that the issues which had caused the suspension would be addressed before October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement read: “We hereby inform the flying public that effective from August 22, 2022, our Johannesburg flight operations will be suspended till October 8, 2022.

“This development is regretted but has become inevitable due to the delayed issuance of South African visas to travellers, worsening forex crunch and the increasing cost of aviation fuel as well as its scarcity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“However, having informed the South African High Commission in Lagos of the effects of the difficulty in getting SA visas by Nigerians, which consequence is the abysmally low passenger loads on our flights to and from Johannesburg, we believe that the situation will have improved within the next 60 days. Hence, our willingness to resume operations on the October 8, 2022.

“Passengers whose flights are affected have the option of rescheduling to fly before August 22, 2022 or from October 9, 2022. Passengers can also request a refund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We apologise for the inconveniences caused and will keep the public updated while we hope the situation improves.”

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