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We will resist directive to reopen schools – Imo teachers

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Teachers in Imo State have vowed not to reopen schools amidst the coronavirus pandemic .
The chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state, Philip Nwanshi , who spoke with journalists in Owerri , on Wednesday said that the state had done nothing in settling their arrears of salaries
The NUT chairman said despite meeting with the state governor, Hope Uzodinma , the state government had refused to offset the arrears of salaries.
He said Uzodimma had in a meeting with NUT some months ago promised to clear arrears of salaries owed to teachers .
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Nwanshi complained that up till the first week of September salaries of about 2000 teachers in the state had not been paid for about seven months.
He said “ In Ngor Okpala LGA , no primary school teacher has received salary since March this year . In Owerri West and other LGAs also , many teachers are yet to receive their salaries.
“ There is no way you can tell me that what is holding their salaries is BVN and the banks . We cannot believe that . You cannot tell me that the papers of all the teachers in Ngor Okpala are wrong .
“ What we’ re saying is that if every teacher does not get salaries up to date and if the union does not get its check – off dues , there is no possibility of schools reopening in Imo State.
“ The union has not been running since March and the government is deducting the check -off dues and not remitting the same to the union . And if we don ’t react , our members will never have full confidence in us anymore . They’ ll think we ’ve compromised. ”

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President Buhari Suspends EndSARS Protests Nationwide

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24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.
25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.
27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

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FG & ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform , Again

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images 2020 10 23T084726.336 FG & ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform , Again

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers .
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll – out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution .
But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not enrol on the government salary platform .
The spokesman , Ministry of Labour and Employment , Mr Charles Akpan , explained that the meeting adjourned till Monday to enable the union leaders to get across to their members on the mode of payment.
The parley is expected to reconvene on Monday to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG .
Among other things, the government had agreed to pay N 40 billion , being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019.
Out of the amount , N 30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N 10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.
The two parties equally agreed to the planned release of N 30 billion for the revitalisation of the education sector.
The government offered to pay N 20 billion as funding for the revitalization of public universities, by January 2021, as well as, seek sources of alternative and additional funding for the university system, among other conclusions.

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A curfew has been imposed in Anambra and a charging office in Imo has been burnt down

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images 2020 10 22T143153.593 A curfew has been imposed in Anambra and a charging office in Imo has been burnt down

The government of southeastern Nigeria’s Anambra State has imposed a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state amid escalating violence, following the EndSARS protests.

Many states in the Southwest have also enacted the law.

The Anambra state government has also announced the closure of all schools and markets until the situation improves. City officials also set fire to an Orji police station in the southwestern state of Imo.

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