The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has given the federal government an altimatum.
Speaking on Thursday, ASUP threatened to resume its strike which was suspended on June 10, 2021, if the Federal Government failed to meet its demands within one month.
The union’s President, Anderson Ezeibe, disclosed this to journalists in Yola, Adamawa State capital, during its National Executive Council meeting.
Ezeibe, who said ASUP was close to resuming the suspended industrial strike action, noted that the union would reconvene in one month to take the decision.
He listed the union’s demands to include the release the N15bn revitalisation fund to address the decay in infrastructure in the sector; and payment of the arrears of polytechnic employees following the approval and implementation of new minimum wage.
Ezeibe said, “We are informing the government and members of the public that we are close to resuming that suspended strike action.
“In fact, if the current status continues in the next one month, then what it means is that the resumption of that particular strike action will be a very serious issue for consideration.”
“The NEC, the highest decision making organ of the union empowered to declare strike action, is going to reconvene after one month to take this very important decision.”
Provide Details To Enable Us Rescue Your Father — IPOB Tells Nollywood Actor, Odoputa
The Indigenous People of Biafra says it is willing to help in efforts to rescue Kenneth Odoputa, father of Nigerian Nollywood actor, Uche Odoputa who was kidnapped some weeks ago.
Uche had, in an Instagram post on Monday, cried out for help to secure the release of his father from the abductors.
The Nollywood actor, who also shared a picture of his father, had also solicited prayers from his colleagues and fans for the safety and release of his father.
“Friends please join me in praying for my father’s safe return from the hands of kidnappers that took him over two weeks now. Mr. Kenneth Odoputa,” Uche’s post read.
Reacting, IPOB through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said the group was willing to support rescue efforts to connect Uche back to his father.
Powerful, in a text to SaharaReporters, said Uche should endeavour to contact the group and give details of the location of the kidnap incident, the date it happened and other necessary details so as to fast-track the rescue mission.
He said, “Please find out who this is and tell him to provide evidence of the incident, picture of his father, the village where this happened and the date. If you know him, let him know about this, please. We are willing to step in.”
Buhari Signs New Health Insurance Bill Into Law, Ends Old Scheme, NHIS
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed the new National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law.
Announcing this on his verified Twitter handle, Buhari said that the new law was part of his government’s efforts to achieve universal health coverage for Nigerians.
“As part of our healthcare reforms, I have signed into law the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, which repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act. We will ensure the full implementation of the new Act, to provide coverage for all Nigerians,” Buhari said.
Buhari noted that the new health insurance law will repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act of 2004.
According to him, the new law will work in line with state governments health insurance schemes by empowering them (state governments) to accredit primary and secondary healthcare facilities and ensure the enrollment of Nigerians in the scheme.
Note that the chairman of Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, had, since the bill was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, repeatedly advocated for Mr. President to sign the bill into law.
Oloriegbe, representing Kwara Central Senatorial District in the red chamber, had maintained that parts of the content of the new bill made health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians.