Friday: First Public Holiday in December

The Federal Government has declared Friday as public holiday to mark the Eid-El-Maulud celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Abubakar Magaji.

He admonished all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, progress and unity of the nation.

He further urged all Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration towards building the nation.

“The minister wishes Nigerians a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration,” the statement said.

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Today’s Five English Words

1-Tin-pot

adjective | TIN-PAHT

Definition:

cheap or trivial of its kind : petty, small-time, two-bit

2-Descry

verb | dih-SKRYE

Definition :

1 : to catch sight of

2 :find out, discover

3-Slapdash

adjective |SLAP-dash

Definition:
done or made without careful planning :

Haphazard, slipshod

4-Lagniappe

noun | LAN-yap

Definition :

a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

5-Causerie

noun | kohz-REE

Definition
1 :

an informal conversation : chat

2 :
a short informal essay

ASUP to embark on strike, November 13.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has said it will embark on strike with effect from November 13, 2017 to press for the implementation of its agreement with the government. It accused the government of treating polytechnic education with disdain and levity.

Rising from an emergency meeting on Monday in Abuja, the ASUP National President, Usman Dutse, said his union would commence an indefinite strike after the expiration of its earlier 21 days ultimatum.

He noted that the conciliatory meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Labour failed to produce a positive result “because the Ministry of Education was not interested in resolving the dispute.”

The ASUP leader also accused the government of using endless verification to delay the payment of entitlements of members of the union.

He stated that the union was not against the verification, but he added that it should not be used to deny workers their rights.

He said that despite the 21 days’ notice given to the government, it did not consider it necessary to address the demands for an improved funding of polytechnic education in the country.

Dutse said, “Our union is therefore constrained to lament again that our sector is on the verge of collapse and needs all the emergency attention it deserves.

“Until now, it should be noted that the issues raised here today have been there since 2014 and none of them has since been concretely resolved to improve the sector.”

He identified the issues to include non-implementation of the NEEDS assessment report which recommended the injection of N6.5 billion into the polytechnic education in 2014, adding that this has risen to about N8bn now.

He also mentioned the non-passage of the Amendment Bill of the Polytechnics Act.

“The delay and indifference to the passage of this bill is viewed as a ploy to fester chaos and continued crises in the sector,” Dutse stressed.

Tithe controversy: Adeboye counsels christian faithful

LAGOS—THE General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye yesterday addressed the recent tithe controversy that has been generating series of arguments on the social media by advising Christians especially his members on the dangers attached to none compliance to paying of tithe.

In his sermon tagged: Breaking Forth during a special prayer programme for Fathers, Intending Fathers and their families at the national headquarters of the church, Throne of Grace Parish in Ebute-Meta, Lagos, Pastor Adeboye asked the congregation to avoid divine curse like a plaque by pleasing God and also in paying of their tithe.

Enumerating secrets of breaking forth, Adeboye used the opportunity to react to controversial online personality, Daddy Freeze who said no Nigerian Prophet, Pastor or General Overseer is qualified to receive tithes from their members.

According to Freeze, tithe was meant to be eaten with our families in the house of God, it is biblical to use your tithe and buy beer and drink in the house of God.

Adeboye however debunked Freeze’s opinion saying ‘even mad people will not come to church to drink alcohol’.

In his words: “Avoid divine curse like a plaque, somebody show me something on the internet on the question of paying tithe or not and the fellow said tithe is suppose to be used to buy alcohol and drink in the church.

“Now you know who is talking, even mad people will not come to church to drink alcohol, no matter how crazy that fellow is, asked him to come to church and drink beer, he will tell you that he is not that crazy, because even in his madness, he knows that it is the house of God and he will refuse to do such thing. But this fellow said otherwise that tithe ought to be used to drink alcohol.

“I know who is talking and I did not want to worry myself about such person. But please do not let anybody get you into trouble by attracting God’s curse to yourself, please pay your tithe.”

“I have said it before and I will say it again and again, if your physical father curse you, it can be cancel by your spiritual father, if your spiritual father curse you it can be cancel by the general overseer, if your general overseer curse you, you can fast and pray to your father in heaven but it God curses you, where will you go, he asked.

OAU Student that committed suicide due to poor grade

A 16-year old 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mercy Afolaranmi, has committed suicide, an official told PREMIUM TIMES.

According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Miss Afolaranmi, poisoned herself.

Students and a neighbour close to the deceased also said she killed herself due to poor grade.

“We got a call that one of our students took poison,” Mr. Oyatokun said. “We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”

A neighbour, Bimpe Oni, in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said Miss Afolaranmi, who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died on Thursday, after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”

Mrs. Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”

A student, Aisha, who was Miss Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

“Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed,” said Aisha. “She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”

Another student in the Faculty of Student, Opeyemi, said “she took poison because of result.”

The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the death of Miss Afolaranmi during a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.

“Although the reason and cause of her death is yet to be known, the division is aware of the death of Mercy,” she said.

“She was a student of department of Microbiology whose body has been taken to hospital for autopsy. When the result is out, the university community shall be communicated,” added Mr Aransi.

Before her death, on October 10, she posted on Facebook that: “Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”

Fresh ASUU Strike

Fresh strike may be in the offing across Nigeria Universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) holds its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting this week.

The NEC, which is the highest decision making body of the union, is to review Federal government’s implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the union before it suspended its strike a few months a

go.

Both government and ASUU had agreed to an MoA which stipulated that the federal government would have implemented its agreed contents latest by October, 2017.

The federal government according to investigation, however, was yet to implement issuance of license for the registration of Nigerian University Pension Company (NUPEMCO) which it promised to do within two weeks of strike suspension.

The FG is also defaulting in payment of ‘Earned Academic Allowances and revatilisation funds’ for public universities.

Some lecturers at the University of Ibadan, who spoke with journalists on the condition of anormnity at the weekend noted that it was unfortunate that the government had not paid as promised by end of October.

They said they had asked their leadership not to suspend the strike until the government paid the money as promised but didn’t heed their advice.

Based on the tension generated on campuses, ASUU President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi sent a mail to all the members to douse the tension over the payment of earned academic allowances

“Dear Comrades, the leadership of the union is aware of the palpable tensions on our campuses over the delay in the payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA).

“It is therefore not a surprise that for the past three days, a circular dated 24 October, 2017 related to EAA is already trending on some social media network/platforms. The leadership of the union can say categorically that the gaps/Omissions in the said circular were addressed at a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Education last weekend. We have gone far on the matter and there should be results in a matter of days. Thank you”, he wrote.

The information gathered was that the Federal Government audit teams have visited campuses and concluded the auditing of staff as agreed but was yet to pay the 23billion Naira promised by the end of October as payment for the 2009/2010 Earned Academic Allowances of lecturers in public universities in Nigeria.

It was also gathered that the NEC of the union will review the implementation of the Memorandum of Action and jointly take a decision on it.

Poor parenting can cause mental disorders in children – Psychiatrist Omotoso

A Consultant Psychiatric at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr Ayo Omotoso, says that upbringing and poor parenting can cause mental disorder among children.

Omotoso, on Thursday in Ilorin, said other factors that could also predispose children to mental problems include child abuse, family history of mental disorder, temperament and negative attitude.

According to him, social influences have been found to instigate mental health including neglect, bullying, social stress, traumatic events and other negative or overwhelming life experiences.

Omotoso said many psychiatric disorders had to do with impulse and other emotional control.

He explained that under the psychological factor, the upbringing and events a child was exposed to, could affect him positively or negatively.

The psychiatric expert added that a child who loses his or her parent very early in life could have a traumatic experience and become depressed.

“If the strength of the brain is weak, it can lead to mental problem,’’ he said.

Omotoso described mental disorder as a clinically significant behavioural or psychological syndrome or psychological pattern that occurs in an individual.

He said this could be associated with present disability or with a significantly increased risk of suffering, death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom.

According to him, factors that can contribute to mental problems include physiological, biological, social and drug addiction.

He explained that the biological factor could be inherited from the genes, while the social factors deal with disappointments, which could lead to suicidal inclinations.

The expert in mental health urged parents to love and understand their children, adding that they should also take their children as friends at all times.

This he said would go a long way in preventing mental disorder among children.