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Students embrace vocational skills as ASUU strike deepens



As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike deepen, students have begun acquiring vocational skills to keep themselves busy during the period.

ASUU had embarked on a one-month warning strike over the Federal Government’s failure to implement the Memorandum of Action it signed. The union had extended its strike for another two months to drive home their demand.

A cross section of students, who spoke to NAN on Monday, in Abuja, said they were tired of staying at home.

Lius Imah, a Political Science student at the University of Abuja, said he had decided to learn tailoring believing that it would be useful to him in future.

Imah said that from every indication, the ASUU strike might likely take longer than necessary as both parties appeared not to be interested in making compromises.

“Since we cannot tell when the strike would be suspended, I will advise other students not to just sit at home doing nothing, but engage themselves in activities that would benefit them in future.

“There are many skills that one can choose from, ranging from fashion design, make-up, shoes making, baking and many more.

“Do not just sit idle at home, engage yourself with something meaningful,’’ he said.

Miss victoria Eku, a phone merchant and a student of the University of Abuja, said vocational skills would continue to grow as millions of students opt for it, to create a wealth of financial opportunities.

”Youths are realising the value of having skills and are dedicating time to groom themselves to convert these skills into entrepreneurial gains and self-reliance.
According to her, it is not about the money but the pleasure they derived in practicing these skills.

“Vocational jobs are perfectly respectable; even training is now at the centre of the university curriculum. Although, it is viewed as a remedial track for unstable education in Nigeria.

”No student has any excuse for remaining on the street or being idle,” she said.

Mr Deji Ayodele, an apprentice and student of the University of Lagos, said that the Nigerian economy was changing, creating a wealth of challenging, well-paying, highly-skilled jobs for those with the skills to do them.

“Many of the jobs available today are attainable through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and vocational programmes. They don’t require expensive, four-year degrees and a non-existent working experience.

“Students can be self-employed and create employment for others in the present educational debacle , thereby addressing unemployment and insecurity ravaging the country,” he said.
Deji advised youths to acquire a skill, like carpentry, welding, bricklaying, plumbing, especially those in the university or polytechnic.

Mr Emmanuel Effiong said he swayed towards vocational jobs as a result of the compulsory ASUU strike.

“I have been stuck at home, not studying, and started to search for how to fill spare time. Taking up a skill has been helpful In supplementing whatever pocket money I get from my parents.

“I will continue my business even when the strike is over and school resumes. I will have to find a balance between school and my job,” he said.


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Blackout In Abuja, Others As Protesting Electricity Workers, NUEE Shuts Transmission Station In Kaduna




The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has shut down operations at the Kaduna Regional Headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), leading to blackout in the state, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and adjoining North-West states.

The electricity union is protesting the non-payment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), suspension of conditions of service and career path for workers and the directive by the TCN board to conduct promotion interviews for acting principal managers who are moving to Assistant General Managers.

The development which also affected four northwestern states, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, is said to be in line with the directive of the union’s national leadership.

NUEE officials were said to have forced workers out of the company’s premises before locking the gate with their own key after they picketed the Mando TCN Station in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday.

They however, vowed not to resume work until all their demands were met by the Federal Government.

The NUEE had picketed the Abuja National Headquarters of the TCN on Tuesday.

According to a circular by the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, titled “Call for Action”, to the Senior Assistant General Secretaries and Zonal Organising Secretaries dated August 15, 2022, the union directed that the electricity workers should ensure total compliance with the directive.

This is coming amid erratic power supply being experienced across the nation and at least five National Power Grid failures already recorded this year.

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Court Sentences Famous Adamawa Wrestler To Death For Killing Wife With Pestle




A well-known traditional wrestler, Thankyou Grim, has been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for cruelly murdering his wife in Adamawa State.

Super Reporters learnt that Grim, who hails from Sili village in the Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State, hit his wife, Kwalla Grim, repeatedly with a pestle until she died for demanding divorce.

The Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, sentenced the famous wrestler to death after he was tried and found guilty of killing his wife.

He was convicted on a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 192(b) of the Adamawa State Penal Code Law 2018.

While delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa held that the prosecution had proved with cogent evidence that the convict actually killed the deceased.

“As stated in my judgement, the convict is convicted for culpable homicide punishable with death; my hands are therefore tied, I cannot do otherwise. Therefore, the convict is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging as provided by section 192(b) of Penal Code Law”, Justice Musa ruled.

According to the prosecution, Grim caused the death of his wife on March 24, 2018.

The famous wrestler reportedly wrestled his wife to the ground and smashed her face with a pestle, hitting her several times until she became lifeless.

He was said to have fled the scene immediately, but later reported himself to the police after three days.

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2023: Tinubu, Obasanjo Meet Behind Closed-Doors In Ogun




The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is currently meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, behind closed-doors in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

Details of the meeting are yet to be made known but sources say it is not unconnected with the 2023 general elections and Tinubu’s ambition to emerge president.

On this visit, Tinubu was accompanied by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, the governor of Ogun State,Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel among other dignitaries.

The trip to Abeokuta comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari received Tinubu and his running mate Kassim Shettima at the State House in Abuja.

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