NIGERIANS DON’T WANT WATER BILL, AFENIFERE TELLS FG – PUNCH PG.8
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has described the insistence of the Federal Government to pass the repeatedly rejected Waterways Resources Bill into law as another instance of how the government is often hell-bent on going ahead with what the majority of Nigerians frown at while neglecting the ones Nigerians yearn for. The organisation’s position was contained in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, on Thursday. He was reacting to the latest statement by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, that the bill would ensure professional and efficient management of all surface and groundwater for the use of all Nigerians.
COURT RULES ON ASUU’S APPEAL, OUT-OF-COURT SETTLEMENT FAILS – PUNCH PG.14
The Court of Appeal will, on Friday (today), deliver a ruling on an application by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, seeking permission to appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court. The NICN had, on September 21, granted interlocutory order in favour of the Federal Government, ordering the striking university lecturers to resume work pending the resolution of their dispute with the government. But dissatisfied with the court order, ASUU, through its counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), filed an application at the Court of Appeal (Abuja Division) seeking the leave of court to file an appeal against the industrial court order.
NGIGE ACCUSES JEGA OF BIAS IN FED GOVT/ASUU FACE-OFF – NATIONS PG.1&4
Labor and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige has cautioned former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega against exploiting the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to frustrate the Federal Government. In a statement in Abuja by his office, the minister urged Jega, who is the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), to avail the ASUU leadership his (Jega’s) “depth in lessons of ruinous industrial action, whose ramparts shut the doors to reason.”
STRIKE: ASUU KNOWS FATE AS APPEAL COURT RULES TODAY – DAILY SUN PG.4
The Court of Appeal, Abuja will today decide the fate of the two applications filed by the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), challenging the interlocutory injunction of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), asking members of the union to go back to work. The Federal Government had asked the appellate court to dismiss the appeal for being incompetent. The union has also fixed a meeting on Sunday, to decide on the outcome of the court judgment.
N8.8B TRAMADOL: NDLEA GETS NOD TO DETAIN SUSPECT FOR 14 DAYS – NATIONS PG.2, DAILY SUN PG.5, THIS DAY PG.11
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday authorised the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to detain a Lagos-based billionaire, Nsofor Kennedy Ugochukwu, for an initial 14 days pending the conclusion of investigation for alleged drug trafficking. Justice Akintoye Aluko made the order following an ex parte application by the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Umar Hussain. The agency backed its application with an affidavit in support of the motion ex parte deposed to by a litigation officer attached to the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services at the NDLEA, Kareem Olayinka Musibau.
NBA THREATENS IMO AG, OTHERS WITH SANCTION OVER OWERRI COURT’S CLOSURE – NATIONS PG.3
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has threatened sanctions against the Attorney General of Imo State and others involved in activities that led to the recent closure of the Owerri Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN). NBA President Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) said it was sad “to note that our colleagues, who ought to know better, were complicit in the shameless attempt at undermining the authority of the court”.