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Abia NUT suspends strike action

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*NUT, NATIONAL LEADERSHIP INTERVENTION ON ABIA TEACHERS’ PLIGHT*

Based on the intervention and extensive deliberation by the NUT, National leadership on the plight of Abia Teachers with His Excellency, the governor, Dr.

Okezie Victor Ikpeazu yesterday, 1st March, 2021, it was resolved as follows:
1. That the government will make teachers’ salaries top priority.
2. That the state government has agreed to liquidate all the outstanding arrears of salaries owed to both Senior and Junior Secondary School teachers in the state before end of 2021.
3. That government has agreed to pay the basic school teachers the N10,000 added on salaries of all workers in the state.
4. That the issues on policy matters will also be addressed when the whole documentations are made available e.g. promotion implementation, leave grants and others.
5. Government has equally directed that the check-off dues and Teachers’ Retirement Contributions should be paid along with every salary payment of teachers.

On the forgoing, and based on the understanding reached with the NUT leadership, we have been directed to inform you that the ongoing strike action is hereby suspended. Teachers are by this notice directed to go back to classes tomorrow Wednesday 3rd March, 2021. The National leadership commends your doggedness and sustainability throughout the period of the strike action.

The NUT, Abia State Wing sincerely appreciates your solidarity, unity, support and cooperation during the period.

We want to sincerely appreciate our amiable governor, His Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for his timely intervention and we pray that those offices involved in the implementation of all the resolutions will do the needful.

We want to also thank the National President of the NUT – the number one teacher, Dr. Nasir Idris, the Secretary General, Dr. Mike Ike Ene and the National Treasurer, Com. Segun Raheem for their encouragement and support in this struggle.

Esteemed Comrades, we urge you to stay safe and observe all Covid-19 protocols as you go back to classes.

Hi Teachers! Hi NUT!!
Solidarity Forever!!!

Signed:

*Elder Comrade Kizito A. Kalu* (State Chairman)

*Comrade Mrs. Nnenna Okonkwo* (State Secretary)

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Benue South Senatorial District Makes Case For 2023 Governorship Position.

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The people of Benue South Senatorial District have called on the major political parties in the state to cede the Benue State 2023 governorship position to their area in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice just as they also called on Governor Samuel Ortom to lead the charge in appealing to the people of Zones A and B to allow them the chance to govern the state.

These were some of the highlights of the courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom today at the Benue Peoples’ House, Makurdi by the people of Benue South Senatorial District under the aegis of the Benue Rebirth Movement.

Leaders of Benue South in a group photograph with Govenor Ortom after interaction with the Govenor today in Markudi

Speaking, the National Coordinator of the Benue Rebirth Movement (BRM), AVM Monday Morgan (rtd) said the Idoma, Igede, Ufia and Akweya people of Zone C, who have never tasted the opportunity to govern the state desire the opportunity to do so, being eminently qualified and prepared for the job.

He said that after all the 5 Tiv geopolitical blocks have held the position of the governorship of the state, most of them for 8 years each, it was only proper and fair that the Idoma and Igede people be also allowed to preside over the affairs of the state.

Senator Abba Moro speaking during the meeting of the leaders with the Govenor

In his response, Governor Samuel Ortom paid glowing tribute to the people of Zone C for their contributions to the success of his administration, singling out his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu, who he described as a loyal, dependable and supportive deputy that he trusts with major assignments.

He said he identifies with the aspirations of people of the zone and notes that the Idoma and Igede people are qualified to hold the position. He however called on them to reach out to more people in Zones A and B, as he, alone can not make anyone the governor of the state.

He said that all the ethnic groups in the state have a responsibility to work together in the pursuit of the common good of the Benue people, explaining that God has placed them together to work together in the interest of all and sundry.

Chief Steven Lawani, Benue state former Governor In attendance

Governor Ortom, who emphasised the need for prayers in knowing God’s direction on the matter enthused that the aspirations of the Benue South people would be better realised if the major parties zone the governorship position to Benue South senatorial district.

He stated that at the appropriate time, the PDP would target the emergence of a consensus candidate and that where no consensus candidate emerges, there shall be a fair and transparent primaries to decide the governorship candidate.

Governor Ortom, Chief Nelson Abonu, Benue state former Deputy Governor and Chief Steven Lawani,

There were goodwill messages from Gen. Harrison Adoga (rtd), who spoke on behalf of the League of Idoma Generals, Prof. Owoicho Akpa, who spoke for the League of Idoma professors; Chief Comfort Agogo, who spoke for women and the Igede nation; Chief George Alli, for the 9 council chairmen; Comrade Gideon Obande for youths; and Senator Abba Moro.

The state chairmen of the two major political parties, PDP and APC, Sir John Ngbede and Comrade Abba Yaro all spoke, aligning themselves with the aspirations of the people of Benue South Senatorial District.

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World Productivity Day: Dr. Kashim Akor, DG NPC, Seeks Increased Collaboration Between Government and Private Sectors

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The 20th of June every calendar year has been delineated and celebrated worldwide by all National Productivity Organization (NPO’s) as World Productivity Day.

The celebration is marked with various activities to promote and celebrate productivity amongst individuals and corporate organizations all over the world.

The Director-General/CEO of National Productivity Centre, Dr. Kashim Akor speaking to labour correspondents and news men in Abuja to commiserate the celebration of the Day outlined various issues related to the celebration for the Nation, Organizations and workers.

Dr. Akor in his words stated that “The National Productivity Centre as an NPO, a leading member of Pan African Productivity Associations (PAPA) and an internationally recognized Productivity Centre has the onus to join her counterparts in celebrating productivity”. One of the secrets of developed Nations of the world no matter the economic system is productivity visible in their value system and practices. Nigeria must rise up to the occasion as we celebrate world productivity day to be counted among Nations whose economy can be transformed from a developing to a developed economy.

On this premise Dr. Akor called for more support from the Government to promote productivity in Nigeria far beyond what it is now. In doing this the Director-General stated that the entire productivity family in Nigeria look forward to the Federal and State Government to fully implement the National Policy on productivity with Mr. President leading productivity movement in Nigeria.

The celebration of world productivity day is to challenge organizations and people performing below par or are unproductive to improve their productivity level. Secondly, for organizations and workers who have put in efforts to achieve success or high productivity to set aside today as a special holiday to celebrate all those who have contributed to their great achievements.

Dr. Akor while outlining the reasons for the celebration demanded people and organizations in Nigeria to reflect on their processes, procedures and organizational operational efficiency, quality and standards to see areas that need improvement as he also urged all organizations who have fared well so far to use today’s occasion to celebrate workers and all those who have contributed to the success of their organizations.

Dr. Kashim also called on the Government and Organization to designate specific days for Organizational Productivity Day celebration and National Productivity Day Celebration.

He further stated that the observance of the National Productivity Day (NPD) Celebration and the conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Awards which is currently an annual celebration be given a specific day.

The Director-General finally saluted all individuals and organizations who have through innovations and creativity navigated their ways out of the challenges thrown at the world with the covid-19 pandemic, you are true heroes of productivity.

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Giant rhino fossils in China show new species was ‘taller than giraffe’

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Rhinoceros were once taller than giraffes, evidence of this has also been found in China.

Researchers in northwestern China have discovered fossils of a species of giant rhinoceros that was taller than a giraffe. Scientists say, 2.65 million years ago they were found walking on the earth.

According to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science, these giant rhinos are known as Paraceratherium linuxianus. Their weight was about 21 tons, which was equal to 4 African elephants.

Head could reach 7 meters
According to the report published in the Journal of Communication Biology, these rhinos were hornless and their heads could reach a height of 7 meters to eat leaves from trees. The skull and jaw bones of a giant rhinoceros found in China’s Gansu province were examined. Investigation revealed that it belongs to the last phase of the Oligocene era.

Flexible neck rhinoceros was found in Pakistan
Researchers say, the atlas and axis bones found in the fossil show that the age of the rhino was long and flexible. Their genome report says, it was a different species which was found in West Pakistan. However, these were spread throughout Asia.

 

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