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Cancellation Of Hajj: Osun Begins Refunding Intending Muslim Pilgrims

The Osun State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board (OSMPWB) has commenced the refunding of intending Muslim pilgrims who could not go to Hajj this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. #connectleynews

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The Administrative Secretary of the board, Mr. Bolaji Sanni, made this known on Wednesday while featuring on a private radio station in Osogbo, Rave FM.

It would be recalled that Saudi Arabia recently barred travellers from Nigeria and other countries from performing 2021 Hajj over the Coronavirus concerns.

According to Sanni, the emergence of COVID-19 variants is the main reason why Saudi Arabia authorities cancelled Hajj for foreign pilgrims this year.

He said: “We had it in mind that we would go to hajj this year, especially after taking the COVID-19 vaccines, but when Saudi Arabia authorities learnt about the emergence of new COVID-19 variants in some parts of the world, they had to stop us from coming.

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“When we heard that we can no longer go to hajj this year, the board gave the intending pilgrims two options of rolling over their money towards next year hajj or we refund it.

“There are some people who showed interest in getting their money back. We started the process of refunding their money last week Monday and those who came have been paid”.

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Sanni however said those who collected their money back should not expect to be at the front queue next year as there is a limit to the numbers that can be taken to hajj by the State Government.

He said: “Those who have been refunded might not be privileged to go with us next year because there is a limit to what we can take. They have to queue behind those who did not collect their money”.

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ASUU reacts to parents’ proposal to pay N10,000 per session to end prolonged strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has stated that it will review the Appeal Court’s decision ordering the union to end its strike in order to decide its course of action.

Naija News 247 had reported that the appeal court on Friday ordered the union to return to work as earlier ordered by the National Industrial Court with immediate effect.

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ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke told reporters in response to the new court ruling that the union has not yet received the Appeal Court decision in its entirety.

He stated that after receiving the verdict, the union would review the paperwork with its attorneys and determine its course of action.

He said, “We have not received the ruling, when we get it, we will review it with our lawyer and then we can take the next step”.

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Naija News 247 recalls that the Federal Government, following its inability to reach a truce with the university lecturer, dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court on September 11.

The court on September 24, ordered the striking lecturers to return to class while negotiation with the Federal Government continues.

Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellate court to appeal the ruling.

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Appeal court orders ASUU members to resume work immediately

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Appeal court orders ASUU members to resume work immediately

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The Court of Appeal has ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end their eight-month-long strike immediately.

The court, however, granted the application on the condition that the union follow the lower court’s ruling and immediately call off the strike, pending the outcome of the substantive suit.

Following the lower court’s ruling, the court gave ASUU seven days to file an appeal.

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Naija News 247 reports that the National Industrial Court, on Sept. 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike.

The court gave the order following a notice filed by the Federal Government urging the lecturers to return to classrooms.

In his decision on the interlocutory injunction, the trial judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the strike until the Federal Government’s suit against ASUU was resolved.

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Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellant court to appeal the ruling.

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BREAKING: Buhari presents 2023 budget to National Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari lays the 2023 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly on Friday.

Buhari entered the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives, venue of the ceremony at 10:07am.

Naija News 247 had reported that Senate Present, Ahmed Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday said Buhari will  present the N19.76tn budget to the parliament at a ceremony scheduled to commence at 10am.

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There is heavy presence of personnel from military, paramilitary and safety agencies on the premises.

Men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Fire Service and sergeants-at-arms were deployed for the special duty.

The security operatives have manned strategic points in and around the building, with stricter security checks on vehicles and persons entering the building.

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Select members of staff, essential service providers and journalists were issued tags to gain access into the premises.

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