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Katsina Declares Lockdown In Three LGs To Curb COVID-19 Spread

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Katsina State Government has declared a lockdown in three Local Government Areas in the state to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The LGAs affected by the total lockdown order are Daura, Dutsinma, and Katsina.

Speaking during a press conference at the Government House on Sunday, Governor Aminu Masari said the order will be effective by Tuesday, April 21.

Governor Masari said the state now has 12 confirmed cases including the index case who died before he was tested positive for the virus.

To the governor, he is worried why states who claim to have shut their borders still have the influx of people crossing at intervals, thereby affecting his own state.

He, therefore, asked state governments to enforce the restriction of movements, retain people where they are across the entry points to stop the spread of the virus.

 

While seeking the cooperation of the traditional institutions, he urged the rulers to report the presence of people returning home from affected states.

The governor also reiterated the commitment of his administration to curbing the scourge of the virus in the state.

He, however, appealed to spirited individuals, groups and corporate bodies to support the efforts of the state government.

He added that his government will continue to do all it takes within the resources available and the donations of well-meaning individuals to support the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

 

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Why we have not ended the strike – ASUU

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that the federal government is frustrating the union, hence the reason for the ongoing strike.

Speaking on Friday, October 30, on Channels TV, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of the union, stated that the federal government has not maintained a sincere position in consenting the demands of the union. Ogunyemi further explained that ASUU has tabled five demands to the federal government which have not been fully entertained.He emphasised that “necessary steps” have not been taken especially concerning the adoption of its preferred home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) which is one of its demands. It would be recalled that for the second time in a week, the meeting between the leadership of ASUU and the federal government ended in deadlock. The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, October 28, hit the rock as both parties failed to reach a unilateral agreement on the adoption of UTAS. A federal government team led by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, refused that the N30billion earned allowance promised to the lecturers be paid through a platform different from IPPIS. ASUU chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, however, stood the ground that the payment should be made through UTAS. Eventually, both sides agreed to consult their principals, with another meeting scheduled to hold next week Wednesday, November 4. Speaking to the press after the meeting, the ASUU chairman said:

“The strike is still on as a result of the FG not taking the necessary steps. We gave them two weeks to address our five points demands.”

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