CUT Auchi Scales 2nd Reading …Senate Seeks End To NASU Strike

ABUJA – An Act to establish City University of Technology, Auchi, and for other connected matters Bill 2018, scaled its Second Reading in the Senate of the Federal Republic yesterday.
This is even as the Senate expressed concern over lingering strike action by members of Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).
To this end, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has directed the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, to meet with the striking workers so as to resolve issues involved
Senator Francis Alimikhena, (Edo North), who sponsored the Bill, sought the conversion of Auchi Polytechnic to a degree awarding institution.

The Bill scaled second reading despite stiff opposition from Sen. Sam Egwu that the Bill should be killed.
On the NASU strike, Ekweremadu noted, “We need to do something urgently about the NASU strike to ensure that we bring them back to their institutions.
They have been on strike for a long time. The committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund should take the matter up and ensure that the workers go back to work.
It has become a matter of urgent importance that something is done to get the workers back to work.”

Sports Reforms To Drive Job Creation, Youth Development In Edo – Obaseki …Unveils Rebranded Bendel Insurance FC

BENIN CITY – Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration’s vision to reform sports is aimed at creating jobs and curbing restiveness among youths.
The governor made the submission during a dinner organised to unveil the new logo, jersey, team bus, technical team as well as manual for the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club (FC) in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Obaseki said, “We have a keen interest to reform the sports sector in the state, and this is aimed at providing solutions to youth restiveness and unemployment. For us, sports have the potential to uplift the lives of our people and offer hope to youths who seek a better country.
“Edo people are sports-loving. We will leverage this as we continue our reforms and give hope to our teeming youths. The steps made in reforming the Bendel Insurance FC will serve as reference point to drive more reforms in the sector.”
He added the reforms will focus on grassroots sports development, noting, “Design and contracts for the construction of mini stadium in each local government area across the state have been completed. Local government chairmen will be mandated to ensure that the project is completed to encourage young men and women at the grassroots to tap into sports.”
Obaseki called on investors in the state to support the present administration’s efforts to restore the state to its pride of place in sports in the country.
Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, hailed “the achievements of the club, which has a reputation of producing contenders in the national team. These include, Peter Osazee Odemwingie, Austin Eguavoen, amongst others. These great players have represented the state at national and international assignments.”
Shaibu added, “The decision to rebrand the Bendel Insurance FC’s logo with the image of Queen Idia was to project the club members as warriors, out to win battles. I am optimistic that the rebranded Bendel Insurance FC will emerge as a force to contend with.”
On his part, President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, commended the state government for its initiatives in repositioning Bendel Insurance FC, and urged “The state government to partner corporate bodies for sponsorship to achieve self-funding and ensure the club is not dependent on government grants.”
“It is important for football clubs to run independent of government interference to ensure consistency. The club can develop its cards; Silver and Premium cards and VIP stand to serve as means for generating funds,” he added.

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