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LAUTECH CRISIS: Group appeals to Management, ASUU to settle differences.



A group, under the aegis of Oyo Patriotic Front (OPF), has said that its earlier statement calling on the management of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) and unions in the institutions, especially members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to resolve their differences and allow academic activities to resume in the school has been justified based on the media report credited to ASUU that their grouse is beyond salary agitation.

Contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the socio-cultural group in a statement, Chief Jare Adepoju on Tuesday unearthed that the statement by ASUU put to fore and shed light on the crisis in the jointly owned university.

Chief Adepoju averred that ASUU’s statement has showed that LAUTECH crisis is beyond salary, urging the management and the unions in the school to consider the interest of the students in their actions.

The group’s chairman further noted that ASUU’s stands and grievances are justified and they are at liberty to decide what will enhance the welfare of their members, urging that ASUU members should work with the resumption date of January 27, 2017 as announced by the LAUTECH management.

“We understand that the owners’ state governments and the management of LAUTECH might not have met the requirements of the unions in the school, especially ASUU. However, we want to appeal to them once again to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign.

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“The students have been home for over eight months. We appreciate the Oyo and Osun state governments for coughing out the N500million promised the institution despite the present state of their finances. We should remember that these states are being affected with the economic recession like some other states too. Their gesture should be appreciated and ASUU should consider the interest of the students”, the statement reads.

In a similar trend, Chief Adepoju called on well-meaning individuals to join hands in appealing to LAUTECH ASUU to resume work and allow academic activities to continue in the institution, saying that this gesture will go a long way in safe guarding the future of the students of the institutions.



Oyo govt. calls on DPR to sanction marketers hoarding petrol



Oyo state government has asked the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to start monitoring filling stations in the state and sanction marketers found hoarding the product.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin made the call on Monday while featuring on a private radio station in Ibadan.

Sangodoyin said the scarcity of fuel that started on Sunday was artificial as there was no reason for most of the marketers not to sell to the people.

Most filling stations in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital were not selling fuel to motorists while those selling experienced long queues which also contributed to traffic gridlock in some parts of the metropolis.

“As government, we are doing all we can to make life easy for the people of Oyo State and this is reflected in the number of infrastructural projects around the State, for some people to be creating artificial scarcity of fuel for pecuniary reasons is wrong and inhuman.

“The Department of Petroleum Resources should as a matter of urgency swing into action and arrest the situation, they have the work of monitoring cut out for them and this is the moment to bring those marketers sabotaging government’s effort by hoarding products to book,” the Commissioner submitted.

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Imo: Gov. Uzodinma makes case for FCC, sponsors 4-day retreat



Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has canvassed for the strengthening of the laws establishing the Federal Character Commission  (FCC) to enable it perform its functions effectively.

Governor Uzodinma registered his position at a banquet the Imo state government hosted in honoured of the Executive Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) who were in the State for a retreat last week at the Government House, Owerri.

According to the Governor, the philosophy behind the establishment of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) was well thought out development, adding that to a great extent the Commission has assisted in efforts made at the unification of the country.

He noted that at this very trying moment of the country, the Commission needed to bring its functions to play to douse the tention giving assurance to the citizenry of a sense of belonging.

Senator Uzodinma stressed that it was in recognition of the great role of the Commission that the Imo State government opted to sponsor the retreat.

He admonished members to work together in harmony to enable the Commission deliver on its mandate.

In her remarks, the Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka thanked the Governor and Imo State government for accepting to host the retreat. She said the out come of the  retreat will go a long way in assisting the Commission in its assignment.

The FCC boss, however called on state governors to also come to the aid of the Commission, particularly by assisting the State offices to function effectively.

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Oyo: Kidnapped UI student regains freedom



Victim of Monday’s kidnap attack at a  poultry farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo capital, Emmanuel Odetunde has been released.

It will be recalled that Odetunde was abducted around 5 pm on Monday while working at his father’s poultry. The abductors also demanded a ransom of N100m for his release.

Mega Icon Magazine, however learnt that the victim , a student of the University of Ibadan (UI) was released at 7:15pm Thursday .


In a tweet obtained by our reporter, via his Twitter handle @dr_emmay thanked friends, family and well wishers  for their prayers.

He also did not disclosed whether any ransom was paid or not.

“I was released at 7:15pm today. I am currently with my family.

“Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate @, Odetunde tweeted.

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