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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 11 January, 2021 Edition)

Governor Godwin Obaseki

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Certificate Forgery Suit: Chiefs Oyegun, Orbih, Others Hail Obaseki’s Victory

Former Chairman All Progress Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Vice Chairman South South, People’s Democratic Party, Chief Dan Orbih and former factional Chairman of the APC, Aslem Ojezua and State PDP chairman, Tony Azegbeimi, on Saturday reacted to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Federal High Court, Abuja over certificate forgery.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in his judgement dismissed the certificate forgery suit filed against the governor by the APC due to the party’s inability to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Speaking with Daily Trust, Chief John Oyegun, said Obaseki’s victory was not unexpected. “No need to comment. I hope they will now let the governor settle down to do his job” On his part, Chief Orbih said the Abuja judgement only reaffirmed the verdict of the people in the September 19, governorship election in Edo state. “Obaseki’s victory over the APC, at the Court validated the the will of Edo people as reflected in the poll.” Also speaking, Aslem Ojezua said the decision of the Court was not a surprise to him because he knew all along that Obaseki was qualified.

774 Jobs: Plateau Flags Off Employment Of 17,000 Workers

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has flagged-off the engagement of 17,000 Nigerian citizens into the special public works programme in the state on behalf of the Federal Government.

According to Lalong, 1,000 people have been selected from each of the 17 local government areas of the state. While flagging off the programme at the Township School in Jos, the Commissioner of Environment, Yakubu Idi, who represented the governor, said the 17,000 beneficiaries, who were carefully selected from their various communities, were among the 774, 000 people set to be enrolled in the programme.

The governor told the beneficiaries that the programme was designed to reduce unemployment and therefore should not be misused. He thanked the federal government for initiating the exercise, especially at this critical moment.

University Workers Begin Nationwide Protests Tuesday

Non-teaching staff in Nigerian Universities said they have concluded arrangements to embark on a three-day nationwide protests following federal government’s refusal to address their demands about Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), sharing formula of the N40 billion Earned Academic allowances, non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among others.

The workers, under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) which consists of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), have been directed at all branches to mobilise other members for the rallies.

JAC took the decision to protest against inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, the delay in the renegotiation of the FGN/ ASUU /SSANU 2009 Agreement and other issues on Friday night at a meeting that held between the leadership of NASU and SSANU in Abuja. A communiqué issued on Sunday, which was signed by the President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, and the General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi, disclosed that they reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Federal Government on October 20, 2020.

Nigeria Has Shortage Of 277, 537 Teachers At Basic Level — UBEC

The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi said Nigeria has shortage of 277, 537 teachers at the basic level. Bobboyi noted that the number came about following the 2018 National Personnel Audit (NPA) report on Public and Private Basic Education Schools in Nigeria.

He explained that the personnel audit conducted by the UBEC, further indicated that while 73 per cent of those teaching in public schools are qualified teachers, only 53 per cent of teachers in private schools are qualified to teach, that is those that have the minimum requirement of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and above.

He said: “Our hope is that with the current reforms that are being put in place where you attract the best candidates into the teaching profession and compensate them adequately, the narrative will change.”

There Was No Clash Between Our Operatives And Herdsmen, Says Amotekun

The Commandant of Oyo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), has said that there were no clashes between his men and Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa land and Oke Ogun axes of Oyo State.

The Commandant, who addressed newsmen in Ibadan, said that his men launched six operations in four local government areas, but that the team in Aiyete was attacked inside the forest by suspected bandits, three of whom were killed.

According to him, the operations were fully supported by Fulani leaders living in the areas, and a number of Miyetti Allah members were part of the operations.

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