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19 communities in Edo beg for phone services

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Nineteen communities in Owan West Local Council area of Edo on Tuesday appealed to telecom network providers to provide phone services in their area.

They said that phone services would link them with the rest of the world.

Edeki Aigbogun, the Spokesman for 17 of the 19 communities that make up the Iuleha Clan, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Aigbogun said that it had been hectic linking relatives outside the communities in the absence of phone services.

According to him, the communities are Ukhuse Osi, Obola, Okagboro, Oshofo, Eruere Osi, Oralla, Uruoe, Arokho, Ikhin, Ugbedu, Ago, Ago Igbirra, Ikpeyan 1&2, Ivbieleke, Okeho, Oromen, Ivbiodohen, Oarha and Iloje.

Aigbogun said the residents initially depended on the services of MTN, Glo and Airtel, but the services later became epileptic few years later.

“After a while these networks disappeared and sometimes re-appeared with a bar at night at a particular spot.

“It became difficult to link relatives; the residents in the communities are more that 1.5 million people,” he said.

Aigbodun, a retired staff of First Bank of Nigeria, said that aside from Uzebba, Ivbiuru and Ukhuse Oke where there were telecoms formations, none of the other communities could reach each other.

Mr Dada Okun, the leader of the state-assisted vigilance group in the area, said that curbing crimes in the communities had now become a challenge.

Okun, who resides at Uzebba, said instead of calling his men in the other communities on phone, he had to visit them on daily basis for update on the security situation in the area.

“In most cases, petty thieves have escaped with their loots due to lack of communication,” he said.

The traditional ruler of Eurere, Chief Shagari Oni, told NAN that his community was ready to assist any of the network operators wishing to install mast in the area.

According to the traditional ruler, there is a mast at Ukhuse Oke, which is few kilometers away from the other communities, but he said its capacity and reach are limited.

He said that residents in Eruere often had to converge at a place at night where they could get network service to make calls

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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