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ASUP MAINTAINS STANCE ON ON-GOING NATIONWIDE STRIKE

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics in Cross River State says nothing about its on-going nationwide strike has changed, as the union is waiting on the Federal Government to address the its demands.

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, College of Health Technology, Calabar, Comrade Bright Ewona who said this in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, in Calabar, added that the strike action is already yielding positive results.

While charging the committee of the National Board for Technical Education to review the states salary structure, Comrade Bright Ewona further called for an update, upgrade and a review of the entire system for a better educational sector in the country.

The industrial action by the polytechnic staff across the country over poor work condition is a month old today Thursday, 6th May, 2021.

Meanwhile, The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, says the nationwide strike which has now lasted for a month, today – Thursday, will not be called off until a concrete resolution is reached on financial autonomy.

Speaking in an interview, on Wednesday, the Deputy President of the workers’ union, Emmanuel Abioye, said the governors must do the needful before the strike would be suspended.

PDP GOVERNOR’S FORUM VISIT BEN AYADE ON PARTY’S UNITY IN SOUTH-SOUTH

The People’s Democratic Party Governors’ Forum on Wednesday visited Cross River state governor Ben Ayade, to discuss issues bordering on the party’s unity in the South-South states.

The chairman of the forum, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State led Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of delta and Ifeanyi Ugwuayi of Enugu states on the visit to Calabar.

After about two hours closed door meeting at the Government House, Calabar, Governor Tambuwal told journalists that the meeting “was a fruitful, peaceful and productive engagement, with the stakeholders of Cross River.

The Sokoto state Governor said the report of the meeting will be taken to the Governors’ Forum and the National working committee of the party for examination, deliberation and action.

Our correspondent reports that the three visiting governors were later led by governor Ayade to the state Industrial Park.

CROSS RIVER STILL FOCUSED ON BECOMING OPEN DEFECATION FREE STATE – DG PRIMARY HEALTHCARE

The Director General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr Janet Ekpenyong, has reiterated the commitment of Governor Ben Ayade towards achieving an Open Defecation Free State, through the provision of basic infrastructures across the state.

Dr Ekpenyong made the disclosure during the flag-off ceremony of a one day sensitization and capacity building exercise in Calabar on Wednesday,

The DG also pointed out that, achieving maximum results in areas related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, could drastically reduce cases of diahorea, cholera and other common diseases, which account for more than half of clinical cases in health Facilities.

ICAN CHAIR CALABAR DISTRICT SUPPORTS CBN’s DECISION TO SACK ENTIRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FIRST BANK

The Chairman, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Calabar District, Charles Arako, says the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria to sack of the entire board of directors of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc and its subsidiary First Bank of Nigeria Limited is constitutional, appropriate and timely.

The Chairman of the Calabar District of ICAN who spoke in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said the CBN serves as a regulatory body for commercial banks in the country, in order to keep them in check.

Arako also added that the sack of the board of directors which was done in the interest of the public was the last option, after several correspondences had been sent by the CBN for the malpractices to be corrected.

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