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ASUU Says Not Ready To Call Off Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has promised continued strike by its members.  While addressing journalists in Calabar on Monday, ASUU zonal coordinator, Dr. Aniekan Brown, said the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System, IPPIS is “a cesspool of corruption.”

Aniekan promised a continued industrial action for as long as it would take.  He described the government declaration as false and a distraction that seventy-one thousand ASUU members has already decided to register with the IPPIS.  He said ASUU does not even have up to seventy-one thousand members.

He said ASUU members will not return to classes until the federal government deals with their demands.  He said the members have not been paid for between four and nine months.  Aniekan said ASUU has been rejecting the IPPIS since 2013 and has presented an alternative, UTAS.

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Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

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Now, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, can continue as the commission’s boss after the senate confirmed him on Tuesday for a second and final term.

Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, succeeding Attahiru Jega, who supervised that year’s general election.

Committee chairman, Kabiru Gaya, says Yakubu was re-confirmed because of his suitability for the position with no petition or incriminatory report against him.  Gaya says Yakubu is a nominee with a high level of intelligence, no affiliation to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.

Yakubu resumes immediately.

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Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021

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Delta State independent electoral commission has fixed march next year for elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions in the state.

Commission chairman, Michael Ogbodu made the announcement after meeting with stakeholders and party chairmen on Tuesday in Asaba.

Ogbodu says additional 34 wards was created to add to the existing 466 wards across the 25 local government areas in the state.

The commission chairman approved immediate commencement of pre-election activities such as campaigns.

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Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.

As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.

The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.

The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.

Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.

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