The caretaker Chairman of Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, otherwise known as MC Oluomo, has reacted to the criticism that trailed his invitation to an event at the University of Lagos.
MC Oluomo, who was said to have travelled to Abuja and did not attend the students’ programme, asked his critics if it was a crime not to be educated.
“Should people who did not go to school go and commit suicide?” The union leader asked
Some Nigerians on social media have attacked UNILAG on Twitter for inviting Oluomo to the campus, with many wondering why he was honoured with an invitation when a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, was barred from addressing students when he was invited for a similar gathering a few weeks earlier.
One of the top aides of Oluomo, who spoke to The PUNCH, said he did not attend or send a representative.
MC Oluomo’s aide, Jimoh Buhari said he could not attend the event because he travelled to Abuja for an emergency meeting.
“I don’t know the reason people are going against the invitation because the people who invited him knew what they wanted him to say. If he had gone there and said something wrong, then the critical reactions would have been justified.
“Is it a crime not to be educated? Should people who did not go to school go and commit suicide? I think that if someone did not go to school and has a large following, it is enough reason for people to invite him to occasions. Those who invited him for the event had a strong reason for doing it.
“People are judging MC Oluomo based on hearsay. You don’t judge a book by its cover. We are also making efforts to change the negative impression people have about him.”
Nigeria records 304 new Covid-19 cases, toll now 44,433
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 304 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 44,433.
The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.
“304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; FCT-90 Lagos-59 Ondo-39 Taraba-18 Rivers-17 Borno-15 Adamawa-12 Oyo-11 Delta-9 Edo-6 Bauchi-4 Kwara-4 Ogun-4 Osun-4 Bayelsa-3 Plateau-3 Niger-3 Nasarawa-2 Kano-1.”
304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Bristow Helicopters sacks 100 pilots and engineers
No fewer than 100 pilots and engineers have been sacked by Bristow Helicopters.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Air Peace sacked scores of pilots across its fleet while slashing staff salaries by up to 40 per cent.
This was contained in a statement released by the airline company on Tuesday, August 4.
The company disclosed the workers were layed off due to the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on its operations.
The aviation company which described the sack as “painful”, said it engaged with the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to negotiate a fair and equitable redundancy compensation for those affected.
The statement partly read;
“This decision has not been made lightly, but having considered the state of the business and the very serious constraints caused by the spread of the COVID-19 disease and the downturn in the oil and gas market, the company must now take this painful, but decisive step to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its clients.
“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth.
“Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”
Texas man jailed for spending Covid-19 loans on lamborghini, strippers
Lee Price III, a Texas man who spent a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus with COVID-19 loans and the and the rest of the cash on strippers, got a slower ride to jail on Tuesday, August 4.
This was after US authorities arrested him for using $1.6 million in government pandemic aid to go on a spending spree.
Lee Price III, 29, was charged with fraud after he secured two government loans under the Paycheck Protection Program to pay employees he did not have, the Justice Department said in a statement.
Instead, he spent the funds on lavish goods like a sports car and a Rolex watch, as well as real estate, an F-350 pickup truck, and thousands of dollars at Houston strip clubs, the statement said.
Price secured two loans: Price Enterprises Holdings allegedly received more than $900,000, while 713 Construction was approved for over $700,000.
Neither firms has employees and “the individual listed as CEO on the 713 Construction loan application died in April 2020, a month before the application was submitted,” according to the complaint.
Congress approved the PPP program in late March to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, granting loans that could be forgiven if they were used to pay wages, rent and utilities.
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