Wednesday, 9 March 2016

#BlackLagosDay5 Labour picketing Caused 5 days power outage in Lagos- IKEDC

As total blackout in all area covered by  leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric enters day 5, the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, has attributed the poor service to the ongoing activities by some Labour Unions who are picketing the facilities of the company. He has therefore seek for forgiveness from their frustrating customers.

According to Ofulue, the staff of the company are not on strike, rather they have been prevented by the protesting Labour Unions from gaining access to the facilities and are, therefore, not in a position to provide any consistent services to its valued customers.
He said the situation has impacted negatively on power supply as well as purchase of recharge units because all the substations, Business Units and Undertakings have been taken over by the protesting Unions.
He said in the statement: “Ikeja Electric regrets all inconveniences these action may have caused its customers and appeals to all its customers to please bear with us. We assure that the company is doing its best to normalize the situation within the shortest possible time. We thank all our customers for their patience and understanding.”

University of Ibadan unrest! 4 new students injured as unions disrupt orientation programme

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, has announced the postponement of the institution’s matriculation ceremony billed for today Thursday March 10, 2016.
This followed the protest by the three non-academic staff unions of the institution, which disrupted an ongoing orientation programme and left four students injured.
Addressing newsmen in an emotion-laden voice outside his office, Olayinka said: “As it is, the matriculation has been postponed.
“The students are about 3,500 and the unions disrupted the orientation programme.
“While trying to run for safety, about four students were seriously injured and they have been taken to the school clinic.
“It is so unfortunate that the freshers were exposed to vigorous union protest.
“It could have been your daughter or my own son.”
The vice chancellor said t‎he management would call a Senate meeting on Thursday morning to decide on the way forward.
He said: “It is an unfortunate development.
“We don’t have the money and we have explained the situation to the unions.
“The receipt of the shortfall has also been published on the university’s website.
“The management is transparent by this.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that unions involved in the protest were Non-Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Union of Universities and National Association of Academic Technologists.
NAN also reports that the strike was to protest non-remittance of deductions to cooperative societies since December 2015.
Other demands of the union included non-payment of salaries of staff of the University of Ibadan Staff School as well as arrears of salaries owed members of the unions.
A correspondent of NAN, who monitored the protest, reports that the strike paralysed academic and administrative activities on the campus, especially the on-going orientation programme for new students.
The union members also locked the gates leading into the institution, preventing vehicular movement and causing a traffic gridlock in front of the institution.
The protesting workers were led by the Chairmen of NASU, Segun Arojo, and his SSANU counterpart, Wale Akinremi.
The protesters also marched to the conference centre and disrupted the ongoing orientation programme for new students.
NAN reports that some of the students jumped through the window while some locked themselves inside the toilets.
Those that sustained injuries, it was learnt, were taken to the Jaja Clinic inside the university.

I'm always 'pissed off' when called ‘Baba Ijebu’ off screen – Odule

President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria, Dele Odule has said he is not always comfortable being called “Baba Ijebu” except when acting roles in movies.
Odule, who hails from Oru in Ijebu area of Ogun State, revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday.
The ace actor, fluent in Ijebu dialect on cast, said he loved to be referred to as Dele Odule whenever he was off the screen.
He said every versatile actor or actress must be able to interpret any script and act any character.
He said: “I do not have a favourite role, but I am always comfortable if it requires me interpreting the character of Dele Odule in movies.
“One will have to study very hard when interpreting another person’s character.”
Odule said there was no role he could not play in a movie because he had stayed long in the industry and understood the rudiment.
He said: “I am committed and effective because acting is my source of livelihood.
“Anything worth doing at all is worth doing well.”
Odule said the entertainment industry in the country was growing and gradually competing with international standards.
Odule said TAMPAN was much concerned about taking the industry to greater heights.

Additional information from NAN.