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Pensioners stage fresh protest as Aregbesola receives N6.314bn refund

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Rauf Aregbesola

Pensioners in Osun State under the aegis of Forum of 2011/2012 Pensioners on Wednesday staged a fresh protest to demand payment of the arrears of their pensions and gratuities.

This fresh protest came just a day after Governor Rauf Aregbesola confirmed that he had received N6.314bn as the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund.

The Chairman of the forum, Mr Omoniyi Ilesanmi, who led the protest said the governor should use the money to pay the entitlements of pensioners.

He said the pensioners were being owed one-year full pension arrears and gratuities from 2008 to 2012.

The pensioners stormed the State Civil Service Secretariat at Abere and blocked part of the road but they allowed workers and others to go in and out of the place.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions the retired workers sang anti-government songs and rained abuses on the governor.

Armed policemen and other security agents deployed to monitor the protest were civil in their approach as they allowed the protesters to show their grievances without resorting to violence

The pensioners said no fewer than 2000 of their colleagues had died due to lack of money to buy food and to treat themselves.

Ilesanmi vowed that the pensioners would make the state ungovernable for the governor except he paid their entitlements.

Ilesanmi said, ” The governor should use the N6.314bn he just collected to pay us. He should look for money from anywhere to pay us all our entitlements.

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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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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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