JUST IN! ASUU reelects Osodeke as president, Buhari inaugurates Dangote Refinery

ASUU reelects Osodeke as president

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reelected its National President, Emmanuel Osodeke, a Professor of Soil Science, for another three-year term of office.  Continue Reading>>>

Mr Osodeke who succeeded Biodun Ogunyemi, also a professor, in 2020, is now set to run the union’s affairs of the union of lecturers of Nigeria’s universities until 2026.

This is as other members with the exception of one of Mr Osodeke-led National Executive Council (NEC) have also been reelected for a new tenure of office. Continue Reading>>>

Mr Osodeke, who confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, said the “union would soon issue an official statement.”

The election took place at the weekend during the union’s National Delegates Conference at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), in Plateau State.

Meanwhile, this newspaper learnt that only the union’s Welfare Secretary, Stella-Maris Okey, was not reelected. She was replaced by Aisha Bawa of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Buhari inaugurates Dangote Refinery

President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, inaugurated Dangote Petroleum Refinery in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, which is expected to enable Nigeria achieve self-sufficiency in refined products and even have surplus for export.

Speaking at the occasion attended by Heads of State from Ghana, Togo, Niger, Senegal and a representative of the President of Chad, the President described the feat as a significant milestone for Nigeria’s economy and a game changer for the downstream petroleum products market in the entire African region.

‘‘This mega industry we are commissioning today is a clear example of what can be achieved when entrepreneurs are encouraged and supported and when an enabling environment is created for investments and for businesses to thrive.

‘‘I am confident that my successor, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will sustain the improvement in our economic and business environment and strengthen the framework of our public private partnership policies to accelerate the pace of our economic growth and development.

Senate Presidency: South-South group reject Akpabio

Ahead of the June 13 inauguration of the 10th Senate, a group, the South-South Women Compatriot on Monday kicked against the aspiration of former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio to head the upper legislative chamber, saying he is a threat to women across the country.

The group which said it constituted about 60 percent of women in the country declared Akpabio unfit to head the red chamber, citing many reasons to justify its stand.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Imma Ubong, National Women Leader of the group said Nigerian women will not feel safe should the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs emerge President of the Senate.

“We are speaking for women across the country. Akpabio is a threat to women, we don’t want somebody as the head of the National Assembly who will take advantage of our vulnerability. Akpabio is not fit to be the President of the Senate. He’s known to disrespect and harass women. Women are not safe in his hands and if such a person emerges, the safety of women in the National Assembly is not guaranteed.

‘Double nomination’: S’court fixes May 26 for judgment in PDP’s suit against Tinubu, Shettima

The supreme court has fixed May 26 to deliver judgment in a suit seeking the disqualification of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The judgment will be delivered three days before the inauguration of the president-elect and the vice-president-elect.

The PDP, in the suit filed on July 28, 2022, claimed that Shettima’s nomination as Tinubu’s running mate was in breach of the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the electoral act, 2022.

The party argued that Shettima’s nomination to contest the position of vice-president and Borno central senatorial seat — at the same time — contravened the law.

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