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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 9 January, 2021)

Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Vanguard Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Vanguard News.

Ex-Kogi acting gov demands sack of service chiefs

Former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Chief Clarence Olafemi, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack his service chiefs; saying that failure to do so may make the security situation in the country to become irredeemable.

Olafemi, who spoke, yesterday, in Lokoja described the current service chiefs as expired products.

He said the service chiefs could also take the honourable way by resigning from President Buhari government voluntarily, noting: “In a civilised society, the service chiefs have no moral justification for remaining in those positions. There must be a parameter in measuring performance. It has become embarrassing that Boko Haram in the North East is running a parallel government in a country under Nigeria.”

Elite loot Nigeria, seek forgiveness in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem; yuletide in Dubai— Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, has continued his criticism of the leadership of the country, stating that the privileged few were busy looting the country dry and seeking repentance in foreign pilgrimages.

Kukah also described the country as a huge wasteland, huge debris of deceit, lies, treachery, double-dealing and duplicity.

Bishop Kukah warned that darkness was setting in as the sun quickly recedes, so there should be a sense of urgency. The Catholic Bishop spoke while delivering a sermon entitled ‘A Nation in Search of its Soul,’ at the wake keep Mass for His Grace, Archbishop Peter Jatau at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, Kaduna.

Government’s early breach of agreements with ASUU

Within two weeks of the conditional suspension of the nine-month strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Federal Government has stuck to her notoriety of flouting agreements willingly reached with the intellectual union. As intellectuals, the union was wise when it said the strike would be ‘conditionally suspended’ and would be reactivated should the Federal Government renege.

As at December 31, 2020, the Federal Government failed to fulfil three agreements reached with the union. One, the Federal Government promised to release N40billion Earned Academic/Earned Allowances to offset part of the outstanding claims of the members of all registered Trade Union in the Universities on or before December 31, 2020 but it did not.

Two, lecturers received only two months salaries out of six months (including December 2020 salaries) owed lecturers. Not all lecturers were even paid the two months. In the University of Ibadan for example, a list of over 120 lecturers who did not receive payments for the two months is being compiled.

Government approves January 18 as school resumption in Osun

Osun State Government has approved Monday, January 18, 2021, as the official resumption date for schools in the state.

A public service announcement signed by the Coordinating Director of the State Ministry of Education, Kehinde Olaniyan on Tuesday, disclosed that the Education Commissioner, Folorunsho Oladoyin has inline with the advice of the Federal Government on school resumption directed that schools in the state should resume the continuation of the 2020/2021 first term academic session from Monday, January 18, 2021.

The statement added that teachers should resume duties on Monday, January 11, 2021, in preparation for the pupils’/students’ resumption.

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