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We may start ‘no pay, no work’ – ASUU president

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, may embark on ‘no pay, no work’ policy if the Federal Government continues to insist on not paying them their withheld eight months salaries, the National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has said.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, he said the union might embark on the policy which means another round of strike, since the FG has refused to pay their salaries.

Reminded that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja had in October ordered the union to go back to work before it could continue to entertain the matter before it, Osodeke retorted that the FG did not also wait for the final judgment of the court on the matter before deciding not to pay his members their withheld salaries.

“Yes, the matter still continues before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja. The court has not given a final judgement on it. Remember that we were not the ones who dragged the government to court.

It was the government that took us to court. The order that the court gave was that we should go back to our duty posts while the matter is being heard.

“As law abiding people, we obeyed the order of the court. Unfortunately, the FG that initiated the matter did not wait for the final decision of the court before starting the ‘no work, no pay’ issue.

Even to a layman, when the court said go back and maintain the status quo, did it say that the government should be the judge on the matter? He said.

On the series of protests by members in branches over the half salary paid them in Octiber, the ASUU boss expressed satisfaction with the response of members.

“We are going to hold our National Executive Council meeting to appraise the situation and look at reports from the branches. It was the NEC that mandated the branches to embark on the protests. Whatever is going to be the next line of action, we are going to decide at the NEC meeting, ” he stated.

Recall that ASUU called off its eight months strike on October 14 following the order of the NICN and when the month ended, the FG paid the lecturers 18-day salary which drew outrage from the union.

The union had thought the government would pay them full salary and also begin to pay the areears in tranches.

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Guinness World Record: Hilda Baci reacts as Irish chef breaks her record

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Nigerian celebrity chef Hilda Bassey has responded to the news of Irish chef Alan Fisher, who is based in Japan, breaking two Guinness World Records for the longest individual cooking marathon. Alan Fisher, an Irish restaurant owner and chef, set these records on Monday.

Fisher achieved a remarkable feat by cooking continuously for 119 hours and 57 minutes, surpassing the previous record held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci, who had cooked for 93 hours and 11 minutes earlier this year. In addition to this, he also broke the record for the longest baking marathon, where he baked for 47 hours and 21 minutes, surpassing the previous record of 31 hours and 16 minutes.

In response to these accomplishments, Hilda Baci took to her social media page to extend her congratulations. She wrote, “Huge congratulations to Alan Fisher! Achieving 119 hours and 57 minutes is a remarkable accomplishment, and I wish him all the best as the new world record holder.”

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Step-by-Step Guide To Apply For Canada’s 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan

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The Canadian government has released a new plan for how many immigrants it will allow into the country over the next four years. The plan aims to welcome over 465,000 immigrants in 2023, 485,000 in 2024, and 500,000 in each of 2025 and 2026.

The plan also includes targets for different categories of immigrants. For example, the government plans to sponsor 82,000 spouses, partners, and children in 2024, and 84,000 in each of 2025 and 2026. It also plans to sponsor 32,000 parents and grandparents in 2024, and 34,000 in each of 2025 and 2026.

The government will also admit a certain number of immigrants under its federal high-skilled program and caregiver program. In 2024, the government plans to admit 110,770 immigrants under these programs, and 117,500 in each of 2025 and 2026.

To apply for immigration to Canada, potential immigrants must first find out if they are eligible for one of the Express Entry programs. They can do this by answering a few questions on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

If they are eligible, they can submit their profile to the Express Entry pool. Their profile will be ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The candidates with the highest CRS scores will receive invitations to apply for permanent residence.

If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will have 60 days to submit your application. You will need to provide documentation such as your passport, language test results, proof of education, proof of funds, police certificates, medical exams, and birth certificates.

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Detention: Naira Marley, Sam Larry sue magistrate, police, demand N40m

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Nigerian musician Naira Marley, whose real name is Abdulazeez Fashola, and his associate Samson Eletu, also known as Sam Larry, have taken legal action against Lagos State Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun and the police. They have initiated a fundamental rights lawsuit in the Federal High Court in Lagos in order to contest their prolonged detention regarding the death of singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, better known as Mohbad.

In this lawsuit, Sam Larry and Naira Marley are seeking damages of N20 million each from the defendants. Represented by their lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they are asking the court to declare that their ongoing detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, since October 4, 2023, constitutes a violation of their rights.

The affidavits submitted along with their legal actions state that their problems began between October 3 and 4, 2023, when they were apprehended by the police on suspicion of their involvement in the death of Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad. On October 4, 2023, the Commissioner of Police sought a court order from the Magistrates’ Court in Yaba to detain them for 30 days.

Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police’s request, allowing them to be held for a period of 21 days in police custody. This 21-day detention order, granted by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun, expired on October 26, 2023, and has not been extended.

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