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Over 70 percent of Nigerians can’t afford two-square meal – ASUU warns FG of revolution

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has decried the state of the Nigerian economy.

National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, spoke at a media conference after the Union’s National Executive meeting in Port Harcourt.

He noted that the political and the ruling class have failed Nigerians in all sectors, emphasising that the Federal Government’s fight against corruption has lost its purpose.

The ASUU President also criticised the poor management of the Social Welfare scheme, adding that the political class should make the right policies and enforce them to avoid the revolution of the masses.

“There is need for us to sit down together and put pressure on the ruling class because as you can see, there is mass poverty but the number of private jets are increasing including churches and mosques. Over 70 per cent of our people cannot afford a 2-square meal. This is very worrisome.

“What belongs to the generality of Nigerians has been shared among a few people. We need to re-distribute wealth because those who take what belongs to the masses will not be able to enjoy their wealth because there may be a general uprising of the poor.

“It is in the interest of those who are ruling us to sit back and redesign a programme that will lead to genuine wealth distribution,” he said.

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University Of Lagos Staff Commits Suicide After Being Asked To Face Disciplinary Panel

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A staff of the University of Lagos, Sunday Meshioye, has committed suicide after allegedly ingesting a popular insecticide.

A source within the university, who spoke with SaharaReporters said, “We are all shocked about how he suddenly killed himself.

“He was supposed to face a disciplinary panel for an issue they said he was involved in.”

Another staff of the University who only wants to be identified as Rashid, said, “They finally pushed him to do it.

“They had set up a disciplinary committee because a bus he was driving for the school caught fire and burnt. He took the poisonous substance a day after he was told he would be punished for the burnt vehicle.”

The late Meshioye was rushed to UNILAG Medical Centre before he was transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Idi Araba where he died.

He is said to be survived by a wife and three children.

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Nigeria’s Best University Ranked 401 In the World

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The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 has ranked Nigeria’s Covenant University as the best university in Nigeria.

The private institution topped the charts for Nigerian universities but ranked 401 globally.

The ranking system, which evaluates 1,400 universities across 92 countries, is the largest and most diverse university rankings globally and is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

According to the list seen by SaharaReporters, Nigerian universities, which made the list include the University of Ibadan (number 2 in the country but ranked 501 globally) while the University of Lagos came third in Nigeria while placing 801 globally.

Globally, the University of Oxford leads the rankings in first place, while the University of Cambridge falls to third.

California Institute of Technology rose three places to second, while Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Imperial College London, all appear in the top 10.

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Management of FUOYE shuts down institution

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The Management of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, FUOYE has shut down its institution following a protest by the students against epileptic power supply by BEDC that led to the alleged attack on the convoy of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s wife, Bisi.

The students blocked the Abuja-Ado and Ijan -Ikole highways from early Tuesday till 2pm before they were dispersed.

DAILY POST reports that some hoodlums allegedly hijacked the protest by students of FUOYE and allegedly attacked the convoy of the First Lady of the state, Mrs Fayemi.

The Nations learnt that three students and some policemen were said to have been injured and their rifles seized during the fracas.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremekun, who condemned the protest in a statement, announced the school’s closure and proscription of the Student’s Union till further notice.

The statement reads: “We hereby condemn the violence that has followed the protest by the students of FUOYE to register their pleasure on the epileptic power supply from BEDC to the communities of Oye and Ikole.

“Our findings revealed that the students gathered themselves and blocked the Abuja-Ado,and Ijan -Ikole High ways from the early hours of today, September 10, 2019, till about 2 pm.

“Thereafter, after much persuasions by the University‘s internal security personnel and the federal security agencies, they dispersed.

“Only for the news to get to the university authority thereafter that the students assaulted the convoy of Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and vandalized some vehicles in the convoy.

“Sensing that her Excellency was under attack in view of the continued aggression of the students, the security personnel attached to her convoy had to repel the attack and some students were injured in the process.

“Similarly, some Policemen also sustained injuries and their rifles were also seized.

“As at this evening, three students were injured with two of them having minor injuries and one having a severe abdominal injury and is currently hospitalized at The Ido Federal Medical Centre.

“In view of the foregoing, management at an emergency meeting discussed and reviewed the unruly behaviour of the students.

“Such behaviour which included the destruction of vehicles and burning of a police van as well as threat to lives has compelled the University management to take the following decisions:

”The University is hereby shut down with immediate effect.

”Students are, therefore, ordered to vacate the university premises on or before, Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019.”

The students Union is hereby proscribed.

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