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University of Ibadan reopens soon – Vice Chancellor

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Idowu Olayinka, has hinted that the school may be reopened in the ‘next few weeks’ if the present peace overtures embarked upon by him succeed.

He, however, said that this does not preclude punishment being meted out to any student found out to have flouted school laws.

The authorities of the school had on June 23 announced July 2 as the date for the re-opening of the institution for normal academic activities. A students’ union leader, had however, said the students would not resume until the issues that led to the closure were first resolved.

The school has been enmeshed in a protracted crisis over use of hotplates and other electrical appliances in kitchenettes alongside other domestic squabbles. The university also suspended the students’ union with its president, Ojo Aderemi, vowing to resist the university management.

The university management was also accused of being involved in a multi-billion naira fraud in media reports and for failing to audit her accounts, a report that has caused a stir in the university community

But Mr Olayinka said the allegations were unfounded adding that school was willing to dialogue with the irate students to resolve all pending issues.

He accused the suspended union leaders of instigating students against the management.

“We have before now said it that the union leaders misled students and that was what led to the shut-down of campus,” he said.

He insisted that the school had not failed to audit its accounts as stated in the media.

“That cannot be true, there are several committees handling issues like this and I run a transparent government. It is not a one-man show in my tenure. I am not involved in any fraud or fraudulent activities of any sort,” he said.

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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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