Friday, 18 April 2014

Why ASUP Strike Will End Soon.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike has assured Nigerians that the ongoing strikes by the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) will soon be over.
Adding to the statement Wike said that President Goodluck Jonathan has personally intervened to resolve the conflict.
It would be recalled that the lecturers in Nigeria’s public polytechnics have been on a nationwide strike since October 4 because of a series of unmet demands, and COEASU has been on industrial action since December 2013.
Wike said:
"No government will be happy that students are roaming the street. We must promise what is practicable. Not just making promises without fulfilling them. Be rest assured that it will be resolved."


See howParents Join Soldiers In Search Of Abducted Daughters.

What a pity Anxious parents of some of the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, have headed for the forest in a desperate search for their daughters.
More than 100 schoolgirls were taken away from their hostels by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Monday night.
Contrary to the claim by the Defence Headquarters on Wednesday night that more than 80 of the girls had been rescued, the Borno State Government said only 30 could be accounted for – as at last night.
The military agreed last night that its information was wrong, saying it was misled.
School Principal Asabe Kwambura told reporters that the report from the military was “not true” and that “only 14 of the 129 kidnapped girls had escaped”.
"Up till now, we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students… the security people, especially the vigilantes and the well-meaning volunteers of Gwoza, are still out searching for them. The military people too are in the bush, searching."
She spoke before the release of a statement by Borno State Commissioner for Education Musa Inuwa Kubo, who was at the school for most part of yesterday.
A group of parents, according to the BBC, raised money to buy fuel and water, and had headed into the forest with a local vigilante group to search for the girls.
One father told the BBC he was willing to die in the forest in the attempt to free his daughter. The air force, army, police, local defence units and volunteers have all been involved in the search for the schoolgirls.

Nigeria Police Force Is Getting Close In Finding Nyanya Motor Park Bombers.

This disclosure was made by Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 7, Suleiman Abba, during a press briefing in Abuja.
He admitted that no arrests have been made so far, but assured that “with the links we have, investigation will lead us to the culprits and they will be arrested”.
The AIG expressed condolences to the families of the victims, stated that the police was making efforts to re-strategise and come out with better approaches towards ensuring that such occurrence never happens again.
He further noted that the logistics and arrangement to prevent a vehicle from gaining access to the motor park premises was there. The scene of the tragedy was “very well fenced, supported by a strong gate for control and checking of vehicular movement” in and out the park.
However, the AIG described the utilisation by the operators as “poor”.
Speaking about the course of the investigation, AIG Abba said:
“After the incident, the IGP, Mohammed Abubakar set up a high-powered team of experienced and highly trained investigators to unravel those behind the dastardly act.”
Replying to the question about why closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras showed themselves useless in capturing suspected bombers, the AIG said:

Rivers State Commissioner of Police address the suspected bomb which sent traders and commuters in Port Harcourt running for dear lives on Tuesday as an “engine mechanical part,” 

Tunde Ogunshakin, in a statement on Thursday, said that after the requisite technical examination and analysis was conducted, it was discovered that the object had no connection with an explosive device.
The presence of the leather bag, dropped by an unidentified man along the ever busy Ikwerre Road, on Tuesday afternoon, caused a stampede in the area. Within a quarter of an hour, Ikwerre Road, Railway Road, and adjoining areas were deserted as residents scurried out of their homes for safety.
“I wish to draw your attention to the news print media and some selected news agencies on alleged Bomb Scare in Rivers State,” Mr. Ogunshakin said.
“This situation which will no doubt have instilled fear in the minds of inhabitants of the state does not represent the true position of things,” he added.
According to Mr. Ogunshakin, the Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Department, EOD, received a distress call, at about 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday, through the Control Room that a dangerous object suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device was found in Diobu Market.
“Our EOD Team moved to the scene and identified the object to be an Engine Mechanical Part. After the requisite technical examination and analysis was conducted on the said mechanical part, it was found not to have any nexus whatsoever with an Improvised Explosive Device or related equipment.
“The item was, however, evacuated from the scene in order to douse tension. I am using this medium to appeal to everyone to ensure that all items that are no longer needed are properly disposed off in the appropriate Waste Disposal Centres,” said Mr. Ogunshakin.
“Consequently, I want to further advise everyone to go about his or her lawful business as the Rivers State Police Command has put in place adequate security to ensure that no attempt is made to disrupt the present peaceful atmosphere while any suspicious move should be reported to the Police and other security agencies.
“I also want to appeal to the media to endeavour to find out useful and relevant information before going to press,” he added.
On Monday, an explosion at the Nyanya motor park in Abuja left, at least, 75 people dead, according to the official figures, and about 174 others injured.




Wednesday, 16 April 2014

High demand for World Cup tickets

Rio de Janeiro - Governing body FIFA on Tuesday opened the final sales phase for World Cup tickets and reported 126 837 of 199 519 available for 54 of the 64 matches were snapped up within four hours.
Brazilian nationals bagged two thirds of the latest sales, FIFA said, accounting for 80,496 tickets with 46,341 tickets going to fans outside the host nation on a first-come, first-served basis via the FIFA website.
FIFA added its ticketing pick-up centers in the 12 host cities would open from Friday, save for Brasilia and Porto Alegre, where they will only be available from next month.
The organisation explained fans who have bought tickets can make an appointment for collection via
From June 1, through to the final on July 13, FIFA said tickets can also be purchased over the counter at designated FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres in the host cities.
The ten matches sold out prior to the final sales phase were the July 13 final, the June 12 curtain-raiser between Brazil and Croatia, Mexico v Cameroon, England v Italy, Argentina v Bosnia, Brazil v Mexico, reigning champions Spain v Chile, Cameroon v Brazil, Croatia v Mexico and Australia v Spain.
"With less than two months to go, this is the last chance for fans to secure their tickets for football's flagship event," Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director in charge of ticketing, said just ahead of the latest sales phase.
Prior to Tuesday, FIFA said a total of 2 577 662 tickets had already been allocated.