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#Covid19: Nigerians stranded in U.S have been evacuated to Nigeria.

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       The first batch of 160 Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic has arrived in Abuja and had been moved into quarantine.

      The returnees, including eight infants, were part of the 700 Nigerians who registered for the emergency evacuation flights in the US. They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 11.05 am on Sunday, aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft.

      The plane departed the Newark International Airport, New Jersey, on Saturday around 8:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. on Sunday Nigerian time). Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had said the evacuees would be quarantined for 14 days before leaving for their respective destinations. One of the returnees explained that they were checked into a hotel at the Garki area of Abuja, noting that the evacuation process went well.

     He stated that the condition of the hotel where he was being quarantined was “fair enough.”

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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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