Students Union Government (SUG) of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) has urged students to heed to the resumption call of the management of the institution and return on Tuesday.Mr Naajim Gbefwi, President of institution’s SUG, disclosed the position of the union at a news conference in Keffi Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that despite the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) across the country since Feb. 14, 2022, management of NSUK via a statement recently directed students of the institution to resume school for full academic activities from Sept. 28.Reacting to the statement on Friday, Dr Samuel Alu, Chairman of ASUU NSUK branch, condemned the directive and vowed to continue the union’s nationwide strike till the demands of the union were met by the Federal Government.The NSUK SUG, however, urged all students of the institution to resume school on Tuesday for full academic activities.“We want to state conspicuously that our allegiance as students is to the school authority.“Therefore, we are fully in support of the decision of the school management to reopen our school and continue academic activities, seeing that our primary purpose for being here and our prime interest as a union is achieved,” he said.Gbefwi urged students to stay focused and optimistic as regards the resumption, regardless of conflicting statements and jettison every contrary notion as the state government, the school management and some lecturers were determined to ensure activities resumed fully.“Honestly we are very sympathetic towards the plight of ASUU members at all levels as we also stand to benefit from their struggle directly or indirectly.We hope their demands are met and education shifts up our national scale of preference,” he added.He also pleaded with the ASUU national body not to interfere or attempt to sabotage the efforts of the Nasarawa State Government, NSUK school management and stakeholders in reopening the school.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
As some residents of Ekiti said Nigeria has a lot to celebrate, others believed that the country was still lagging behind among the comity of nations.They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti Commenting, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere, the Grand Imam of Ekiti Central Mosque, said in Nigeria, we have every cause to give thanks to God for keeping the country as one in spite of its diversity and challenges.Kewulere said it was only in the atmosphere of unity and togetherness that the much desired socioeconomic development could be achieved.“First, we have to give thanks to God, because in spite of the numerous challenges of insecurity, agitations and domestic problems, Nigeria still remain one sovereign entity.“Many countries today, especially in Africa are currently in the situation of civil war, while others are in precarious atmosphere that has threatened their survival and existence.“But, in our own case, we still remain one entity in spite of the numerous socioeconomic, political and domestic challenges confronting the country.“It is only in such unity that we can think and plan for the political transition in 2023; it is only in that unified atmosphere that we think of having a national census.“So, first and foremost, we have every cause to use the opportunity of the anniversary to thank God for His faithfulness over our lives and country,” he said.Also, Prophet Christopher Aboyeji of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Alaseyori, Iworoko-Ekiti, said the country needed divine intervention through prayers for its continuous survival and existence.According to him, current development in the country has gone beyond the capacity of any human being to single handedly sanitise or repair without God’s divine intervention.“In fact, it is prayers that has kept us this far.The rate of poverty, hunger, insecurity, unemployment and economic constraints has caused undue tension among the citizenry.“We are now more divided along ethno-religious, cultural and political background and the only way out of this logjam is to be dedicated as true and responsible citizens to pray for the nation on its 62nd anniversary,” he said.Aboyeji stressed the need for parents, religious leaders and traditional rulers to be alive to their parental, spiritual and traditional responsibilities in bringing about the desired peace and tranquility in the country.Contributing, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, the Olukere of Odo-Oja-Ekiti in Ikere Local Government area of the state, said that the nation’s security, socioeconomic and other domestic challenges were surmountable with collective responsibility of every stakeholder.“I think we have been managing our affairs for the past 62 years and with more efforts from every Nigerian, the country will get to its desire destination.“If we can reason as Nigerians, not as a Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa, those problems or challenges will be a thing of the past,” Obasoyin said.The traditional ruler said the dreams of the country’s founding fathers of a prosperous, unified and economically viable nation should be paramount in the minds of every citizen as the country celebrate its independent anniversary.He called for more constitutional roles for the nation’s traditional rulers, saying that such would assist, in no small measures, in complementing the efforts of the governments toward transforming the grassroots.Also, Sunday Adewale, an undergraduate of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, expressed regret that the face-off between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was allowed by both parties to escalate and lingers.“What started as a child’s play has now become a major problem in the education sector.“To me, the unresolved face-off has taken shine off any celebration about the country’s independent anniversary.“I am using this opportunity to appeal to the warring parties to, as a matter of urgency, put a stop to the industrial action in the interest of the students and the nation at large,” Adewale said.Also, Mr Biodun Ogunniyi, an Artisan, decried the hike in raw materials of motor parts, furniture making, tailoring and automobile repairs, saying that they were too expensive to afford.Ogunniyi said that five years ago, cars were affordable to buy and many other raw materials were equally cheaper in the market, but currently, things were becoming unbearable for an average Nigerian.He decried the sudden increase in prices of petroleum, thereby paving way for hike in the prices of food items, beverages, cars, house rent, land, clothes, gas and kerosine, which had made cost of living for an average Nigerian difficult.Ogunniyi advised the Federal Government to review the various challenges facing Nigerians and put an end to it quickly as Nigerians were in the mood of celebrating.Commenting, Mrs Tolani Bamigbose, a Civil Servant, said that the monthly salary of a civil servant could no longer feed his or her family for a week, not to talk of a month.Bamigbose explained that many government workers were living on loans and monthly contributions, popularly called “Ajo”.This she said was because of incessant increase in the prices of food, house rent, transportation, clothing and motor parts, among others.She urged the Federal Government to establish a workable policy that would improve the nation’s economy and make essential needs of Nigerians affordable and cheap.In his remarks, a University lecturer, Dr Helen Adebimpe, said the suffering of Nigerians were enormous.“Nigeria clocking 62 years is not worth celebrating, because the political leaders have wasted the resources of the country,” Adebimpe said.She said many Nigerians were beginning to travel out of the country because the cost of living in Nigeria was too expensive, adding that there was no good jobs for youths, while insecurity was prevailing on daily basis.Adebimpe advised the Federal Government to give priority to the welfare and safety of Nigerians and should not concentrate on making policies that would add to the hardship of its citizen.Commenting, a legal practitioner, Mr Biodun Adelusi, frowned at the level of insecurity in the country, saying that there was nothing much to celebrate, if the issue of insecurity was not resolved.Also, Mr Josiah Adelabu, a Banker, said that Nigeria was faced with myriad of challenges, especially the social, economic and security challenges, which has made it increasingly difficult for the country to realise her potential for greatness.Adelabu said that no patriotic Nigerian could pretend to be satisfied with the development and progress of the country, 62 years after independence.“There is little to celebrate about Nigeria at 62, as the depressing indices in areas like security of lives and property, food production, industrial output, quality of education, healthcare, economic diversification and productivity were indeed causes to worry about.A businessman, Mr Tobi Solomon, said that Nigeria still has a very long way to go, because, “our economy is in need of serious attention of sound political and economic judgment, so that it would not go worst.Also, in the area of education, an educationist, Mr Wale Iborida, said that Nigeria had evolved politically, educationally and judicially over a period of 62 years.Iborida said that Nigeria has a great and responsible start in education when we gained Independence in 1960. He said that the colonialists handed over to Nigeria, an educational sector, which impacted positively on the masses, as each geographical region was engaging in healthy competition with one another to nurture great minds.Iborida said the success recorded in education in Nigeria within the period of 62 years was as a result of both the government and individual efforts.He said that stakeholders, including government, private, traditional and religion leaders should rise up to rescue the education sector from suffering more decay by ensuring that more funding were made available to the sector.The educationist said the way forward on the education system currently, was that government should increase funding of education.Iborida adding that they should provide more infrastructure facilities in all the nation’s educational institutions.He said that government and proprietors of schools should reduce the cost of education so that parents could easily afford to educate their wards.A legal practitioner, Mr Temitope Omotayo, said the major challenge Nigeria has facing since independence was bad leadership, which had caused the country to be underdeveloped, among other Africa’s countries.Omotayo said that this had affected various sectors in the country which has demoralised the progress and development in the country.He said the country’s development remain stagnant as a result of the series of challenges facing it, while production of goods and services were very low and poor.“As the 2023 general election is approaching, the electorate should vote for a new government that will attend to the cry of the masses, tackle corruption, unemployment, among others in order to make Nigeria better, progress and developed like other Africa countries.”NewsSourceCredit: NAN
As Nigeria mark 62nd Independence Anniversary, some stakeholders has advocated increased investment in education infrastructure to rejig the sector towards delivery quality education in the country.
The stakeholders including educationists, activists and public officials spoke in Bauchi, Dutse and Gombe while appraising the performance in the sector since independence.
They said that Nigeria had made appreciable progress in providing school infrastructure, capacity building and manpower development in the past 62 years.
Prof. Salisu Rakum, former Dean Faculty of Education, Federal University Kashere (FUK), said Nigeria recorded significant successes in school infrastructure development, improved enrollment, retention and completion in schools.
He said the country could boast of over 170 universities as against six in the 1960, while the number of secondary and primary schools increased from 311 and 1,000 to over 27,000 and 116,925, respectively.
“At independence, the enrollment ratio in primary schools was less than 30 per cent as against current 60 per cent.
“There is great improvement in the education sector compared to the situation in pre-independence era.
“Other statistics relate to the question of quality education, however, there is great improvement in that aspect too,” he said.
The don noted that students of private schools had been achieving academic excellence in view of quality services in the system.
He said the problem of poor quality education is more prevalent in public schools, hence the need for increased investment to reinvigorate the sector.
“Most of the public schools with high standards were previously owned by private sector like missionaries.
“The culture of good teaching still lingered in such schools, eventhough they are lacking in some areas but the output continued to be good,” he said.
Rakum said that poor performance in public schools could be attributed to lack of good foundation and enabling environment which negatively affected teaching and learning processes.
Similarly, Dr Hassan Langa, former Provost, College of Education, Billiri, Gombe State, said the literacy rate at independence was low compared to the number of educated and professionals trained in the country since independence.
He said that Nigeria’s educational institutions have the capacity to produce the manpower and human resource necessary to manage its affairs as against pre-independence era when the country relied on expatriates.
He stressed the need for proactive measures to address nagging problems militating against sustainable development in the sector.
In the same vein, Alhaji Garba Hassan, a teacher in Bauchi, urged governments at all levels to ensure 26 per cent budgetary allocation to education sector to meet up with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s standards.
He noted that Nigeria has made giant stride in education in view of the availability of schools from basic to tertiary levels of education.
“It is a good sign of our attitude to embrace education and a well informed educated society is a better society for all to live,” he said.
Another teacher, Mr Olubunmi Adetoye lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the implementation of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
He observed that the programme encouraged enrollment and retention in schools, adding that, “it made positive impact on public health, economy, agriculture and other sectors”.
NHGSFP is aimed at improving the health of pupils and academic outcomes in public primary schools.
In 2004, the Federal Government piloted the programme in 12 states, while its scope expanded to 22 states in 2016.According to officials data, over 7.5 million pupils in 46,000 schools received 300 million meals to since inception of the programme.
Also commenting, Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, a lecturer, Department of Crime Management and Control, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, decried poor quality education in the country.
He said the standard of education in the 1960s and 1970s was higher than the present situation.
The lecturer recalled that post-independence governments provided incentives that encouraged school enrollment such as free meals, transportation and scholarships.
The gesture, he said, translated to achieving high education standards and quality graduates.
He, therefore, stressed the need for increased investment in education for sustainable development in the sector.
Corroborating earlier opinion, Bashir Birnin Kudu and Maryam Ibrahim, residents of Dutse, Jigawa, said the falling standard of education was a source of concern.
They described the current education system as unproductive which called for urgent measures to improve school infrastructure, welfare of students and teachers.
“It is disheartening for students to stay away from schools for long after the COVID-19 lockdown, due to ongoing strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),” Ibrahim said.
She urged the government and the striking teachers to resolve their differences to facilitate resumption of schools to achieve academic excellence.
President Buhari’s Oct.1, 2022 independence Day Address INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA DELIVERED ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S 62ND INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON 1ST OCTOBER, 2022 Fellow Nigerians, I address you today, with a deep sense of gratitude to God and a high level of appreciation to all Nigerians whose tremendous goodwill gave me the opportunity to provide leadership for our great country at one of the trying times in her history.
2. Conscious that today’s address would be my last on an Independence Day as your President; I speak to the millions of Nigerians, who believed in me, propelled and stood by me in my quest to bequeath a country where all citizens have equal opportunities to achieve their lives desires in a peaceful atmosphere.
3. I am honoured to say that my story in the annals of Nigeria’s history is no household secret.
My various attempts, failures and eventual success in being elected as a Democratic President in 2015 was made possible by the majority of Nigerians.
4. When you elected me, I readily acknowledged that the tasks before me were daunting but surmountable because of the growing national consensus that our chosen route to national development was democracy.
5. This democracy was to be anchored on a clear understanding, application and the principles of separation of powers supported by a reformed public service that is more effective.
6. I then pledged to Improve the Economy, Tackle Corruption and Fight Insecurity and this was further strengthened by my commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years as the central plank of my second term in 2019. 7. To the Glory of God and His Grace as well as the commitment and passion displayed by many Nigerian supporters, we have made appreciable progress in these areas but not yet at our destination.
8. Mindful of the task before us, we took some time in settling down and we re-positioned the Economy by providing strategic interventions in core areas at both the Federal and Sub-National levels.
9. One of the areas where we have made significant progress is in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development.
10. We strengthened the Institutions for tackling corruption and also cultivated international support, which aided the repatriation of huge sums of money illegally kept outside the country.
11. The increasing number of prosecutions and convictions, with associated refunds of large sums of money is still ongoing.
Furthermore, we would continue to block opportunities that encourage corrupt practices.
12. In order to address Insecurity, we worked methodically in reducing Insurgency in the North East, Militancy in the Niger Delta, Ethnic and Religious Tensions in some sections of Nigeria along with other problems threatening our country.
13. Our efforts in re-setting the economy manifested in Nigeria exiting two economic recessions by the very practical and realistic monetary and fiscal measures to ensure effective public financial management.
In addition, the effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account and cutting down on the cost of governance also facilitated early exits from recessions.
14. Fellow Nigerians, this administration removed several decades uncertainty for potential Investors in the Oil & Gas sector with the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021. This landmark legislation created opportunities for foreign investments in addition to improving transparency in the management of the sector.
15. Our administration has given the desired priority to the Agricultural Sector through a series of incentives to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises that resulted in creating millions of jobs.
Leading this initiative, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention in a number of areas as well as the Anchor Borrowers Programme had created the required leverages for Nigerians towards self-sufficiency in food and the necessary attraction for farming as a business.
16. The growing contribution of non-oil exports, especially in agriculture, information and communication technology as well as the performing arts to our national economy will enhance our foreign exchange earning capacity.
17. We are confronting current economic challenges such as debt burden, growing inflation, living standards and increasing unemployment accentuated by our growing youthful population.
These problems are globally induced and we would continue to ensure that their negative effects are addressed in our policies.
18. This administration will continue to ensure that our fiscal policies are supported by a robust and contemporary monetary policy that recognises our peculiarities in the midst of the growing global economic difficulties.
19. This is evidenced by the recent Monetary Policy Committee decision to maintain all parameters, especially interest rates and marginally increased the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) from 14% to 15.5% and the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) from 27.5% to 32.5%.
It is projected that this would further insulate our economy from over exposure to uncertainties at the international market by restraining growth in core inflation.
20. As we continue to de-escalate the security challenges that confronted us at inception of this administration, newer forms alien to our country began to manifest especially in the areas of kidnappings, of innocent citizens, banditry, all of which are being addressed by our security forces.
21. I share the pains Nigerians are going through and I assure you that your resilience and patience would not be in vain as this administration continues to reposition as well as strengthen the security agencies to enable them to deal with all forms of security challenges.
22. At the inception of this administration in 2015, I provided the funding requirements of the security agencies which was also improved in my second tenure in 2019 to enable them to surmount security challenges.
We will continue on this path until our efforts yield the desired results.
23. As we put in place all measures to ensure that Nigeria takes her place in the Comity of Nations, we recognize the importance of a well-educated populace as a panacea to most of the challenges we face.
24. We have, therefore, pursued policies and implemented programmes designed to create a literate and proficient society that ensures that citizens are availed with opportunities for life-long achievements.
25. I must confess that I am very pained by the recurring disruption to our tertiary education system and I am using this Independence Day celebration to re-iterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.
This administration has made appreciable progress in redressing these issues that have been lingering for over eleven years.
26. The Federal Government will continue to mobilize resources both internationally and nationally towards funding education to ensure that our citizens are well educated and skilled in various vocations in view of the fact that education is a leading determinant of economic growth and employment generation.
27. Fellow Nigerians, we have also improved our health facilities, especially during and after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which attracted commendation of the global community.
28. As you are aware, Nigeria was one of the countries that defied global predictions of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic because of our resilience, commitment and passion with which we individually and collectively managed the pandemic.
29. This administration embarked on addressing critical ecological challenges across the country in order to mitigate the impact of Climate Change manifesting in the form of flood, soil erosion, desertification, air pollution amongst others 30. We will continue to ensure that our infrastructure drive remains the key to Nigeria’s economic growth and for which every Nigerian will feel the impact.
31. The Federal Government is already expanding ports operations to ensure that they provide opportunities for the growth of the Nigerian economy.
32. We have also continued to accelerate our infrastructure development through serviceable and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow & increased revenue generation by expanding the tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund. 33. To further open up our communities to economic activities, we have continued to boost our railway infrastructure with the completion of a good number of critical railways and at the same time rehabilitating as well as upgrading obsolete equipment.
34. I am pleased to inform my fellow citizens that besides our emphasis on infrastructural development with its attendant opportunities for job creation, employment generation and subsequent poverty reduction, our focussed intervention directly to Nigerians through the National Social Investment Programme is also yielding benefits.
35. There is hardly any ward, village or local government in Nigeria today that has not benefited from one of the following: N-Power, trader-moni, market moni, subsidized loans, business grants or Conditional Cash Transfers.
36. All the aforementioned programmes along with various interventions by the National Social Investment programme, direct support to victims of flooding and other forms of disasters have provided succor to the affected Nigerians.
37. Fellow Nigerians, no matter what gains we make, without a good governance system anchored on electing credible leaders on the basis of free, fair, credible and transparent elections, our efforts would not be enough.
38. It is for this reason that I have resolved to bequeath a sustainable democratic culture which will remain lasting.
The signing of the Electoral Act 2021 as amended with landmark provisions further assures us of a more transparent and inclusive Electoral Process.
39. Having witnessed at close quarters, the pains, anguish and disappointment of being a victim of an unfair electoral process, the pursuit of an electoral system and processes that guarantee election of leaders by citizens remains the guiding light as I prepare to wind down our administration.
40. You would all agree that the recent elections in the past two years in some states (notably Anambra, Ekiti and Osun) and a few federal constituencies have shown a high degree of credibility, transparency and freedom of choice with the people’s votes actually counting.
This I promise would be improved upon as we move towards the 2023 General Elections.
41. As we begin the transition process to another democratically elected government, I want to implore all aspirants to conduct issues-based campaigns devoid of hate speeches as well as other negative and divisive tendencies.
42. I also want to express my wish that we see more female and youth participation in the forth-coming electoral cycle.
I am sure that our teeming and energetic youths now realise that violence generally mar elections and so should desist from being used by politicians for this purpose.
43. Reforms in the public sector are already yielding results especially in the delivery of services.
On this note, I urge the general public to demand for citizen-centred services from the relevant authorities.
44. On the international front, we have continued to take advantage of our bilateral and multilateral platforms to explore cooperation with friendly countries and partners whenever these areas of cooperation are to the advantage of Nigeria.
45. Fellow Nigerians, in the past few years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of challenges that would ordinarily have destroyed our Nation.
However, the indefatigable spirit of the Nigerian people has ensured that we overcome our challenges.
46. It is in this spirit that I call on all of us to individually and collectively bring to the fore in dealing with all our development issues.
47. I was called to serve, along with my team, I saw an opportunity to create a better Nigeria which we have done with the support of Nigerians.
Almighty God and the good people of Nigeria supported us in laying a solid foundation for the Nigeria of our dreams.
I thank you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again called on striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.
The president, who reiterated the call in a nationwide broadcast on Saturday in Abuja, said he was pained by the recurring disruption to nation’s tertiary education system.
The broadcast was part of activities to mark the nation’s 62nd Independence Day Anniversary.
According to him, the Federal Government will continue to mobilise resources, both internationally and nationally, towards funding education to ensure that citizens are well educated and skilled in various vocations.
”I must confess that I am very pained by the recurring disruption to our tertiary education system.
”I am using this Independence Day celebration to re-iterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.
”This administration has made appreciable progress in redressing these issues that have been lingering for over eleven years.
According to him, this is in view of the fact that education is a leading determinant of economic growth and employment generation.
”As we put in place all measures to ensure that Nigeria takes her place in the Comity of Nations, we recognise the importance of a well-educated populace as a panacea to most of the challenges we face.
”We have, therefore, pursued policies and implemented programmes designed to create a literate and proficient society that ensures that citizens are availed with opportunities for life-long achievements.
”On health sector, the Nigerian leader revealed that his administration had also improved the nation’s health facilities, especially during and after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said this had attracted commendation of the global community.
”As you are aware, Nigeria was one of the countries that defied global predictions of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic because of our resilience, commitment and passion with which we individually and collectively managed the pandemic.
” He also disclosed that his administration embarked on addressing critical ecological challenges across the country, to mitigate the impact of Climate Change manifesting in the form of flood, soil erosion, desertification, air pollution amongst others.
According to the president, the Federal Government will continue to ensure that the nation’s infrastructure drive remains the key to Nigeria’s economic growth and for which every Nigerian will feel the impact.
He said Federal Government had already embarked on expanding ports operations to provide opportunities for the growth of the Nigerian economy.
”We have also continued to accelerate our infrastructure development through serviceable and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow and increased revenue generation,” he said.
This, he said, was being carried out by expanding the tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund. On transportation, Buhari stated that his administration had continued to boost the railway infrastructure to further open up communities to economic activities.
He said already a good number of critical railway projects had been completed and at the same time, rehabilitating and upgrading obsolete equipment.
A security expert, Mr Chuks Iwunoh, has warned that the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) poses serious security risk to the nation.
Iwunoh issued the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Friday.
He said that a good number of the students affected by the strike had become exposed to social vices, including crime.
Iwunoh, who is a member of International Institute of Professional Security, is also the President and Founder of Impact Alliance for Peace and Humanitarian Development.
He described the university teachers’ action as “too long for comfort”.
The US-trained human rights consultant appealed to both the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the dispute.
He said that the failure by both parties to reach an agreement for so long “amounts to a grievous breach of the fundamental human rights of the affected youths”.
He further urged the two parties to make sacrifices and reach a compromise in order not to totally destroy what little value is left of the nation’s education system.
Iwunoh said that no other nation in the world closes down almost its entire university system in such circumstances for such a long time.
According to him, the situation is disruptive and destructive to the youths and human capital development of the nation.
“So, sacrifices must be made, compromises must be reached, our universities must reopen in earnest for the sake of our children,” he said.
NAN reports that public universities in the country have been shut since Feb. 14, when the union embarked on the strike.
The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System (IPPIS).Mr Okolieaboh Sylva, the acting Accountant General of the Federation, said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja.Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU’s pay, what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform, adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU’s peculiarities.“Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS.We can correct whatever mistake we make now, ” he said.Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU’s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members.“If we accept what ASUU is saying, it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform, the military is on IPPIS and health workers, ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made,” he said.Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU’s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer.“In the spirit of reconciliation, if ASUU knows what can be done, we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue.It doesn’t make sense not to accept, let ASUU come to us, we are willing to accept.“If we are going to adopt UTAS, that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS,” he said.Speaking, Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have.Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan.9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries.“I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself, I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system,” he said.He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test, adding that he couldn’t recommend the adoption of any of them, no matter the pressure.Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President, ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate.Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike.He added that the executive had spoken, just as the the judiciary, and the legislature.“Everybody cannot be wrong.“We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting, please in the interest of our children , we have called you in spite of the court ruling,” he said..On the the issue of UTAS, Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers.“We are more or less working for you.There come a time all conflicts come to an end.We will make our recommendation to the President.“You have a very good case, the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn’t pay attention.I understand your feeling and emotion.“You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children.Please let’s take it and get to the final destination,” he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to sheathe their swords so that students can return to their various public universities.
Uzodimma made the appeal on Wednesday, when he received members of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), who paid a working visit to him at Government House, Owerri.
The governor said that any sacrifice made on the parts of ASUU and the Federal Government to end the lecturers’ strike and achieve students’ return to class should not be seen as misplaced.
” I urge all parties in the saga to sheathe their swords and allow the sleeping dog lie so that our children can go back to class.
” What the leaders of Nigeria owe our future generation is to ensure that they are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and be better citizens in future, and any sacrifice made in this regard will be worth the while”, he said.
Speaking on the lingering controversies surrounding land allocation in FUTO, the governor noted that he had investigated the issues in contention and noted that they could be resolved amicably.
He challenged the management of the University to “think out of the box” and see the institution as a business school capable of funding itself as a way of reducing reliance on federal allocation or subsidy.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of FUTO, Sen. Jack Tilley-Gyado, thanked the governor for his interventions in the lingering impasse.
He also thanked the governor for aiding FG’s approval of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri as a part of the Faculty of Medicine and Clinical Training of FUTO.
Tilley-Gyado said this was an indication of his commitment to education.
He appealed to the governor to help in settling the land boundary disagreement between the University and its host communities by issuing a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of the FUTO lands to the institution.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Nnenna Oti, was part of the 17-member Governing Council that paid the visit.
NAN) The National Industrial Court,on Tuesday struck out a suit filed by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to compel the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.
The judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman in the ruling terminated further proceedings in the matter after it was withdrawn by the claimant, Umar Lawal.
From facts, Lawal had filed the suit which was mentioned on Sept.16, for himself and on behalf of NANS against the Minister of Education, ASUU and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
However, when the matter slated for hearing came up on Tuesday, Lawal notified the court that he had filed a motion for discontinuance.
He added that he premised his decision to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by NANS which contested his position as its president in the affidavit he had deposed to.
After Lawal submitted his application, the court asked if Marshal Abubakar, counsel to ASUU had any objection, he informed the court that he was not opposed to Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit.
The other defendants were however, had no legal representation in court.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has assured Nigerians that the lost glory of Ile-Ife, and the country at large would be restored soonest.
The traditional ruler gave the assurance at the grand-finale of Olojo festival when he visited the Family Royal Compound, Agbedegbede and some other notable areas on Monday in Ile-Ife.He said that Olojo festival was a unique festival that brought light and comfort to the people of the source, Osun, Nigeria and the entire continent after the celebration.
Ooni appreciated the Almighty God for sparing the nation, in spite of the challenges facing it and its people till date.
“Whenever we celebrate Olojo festival, all the prayers offered are speedily answered, for the Aare Crown that comes out once in a year is a symbol of peace and harmony.
“And it’s a point of contact to God Almighty towards resolving all issues in Nigeria, as the country gears up for next general elections in 2023,” he said.
According to Ooni, this year’s festival will bring an end to the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has paralysed academic activities in the nation’s universities.
The Royal Father assured that with his prayers, the next general elections would be free, fair and credible, saying that celebration of Olojo festival would restore normalcy.
“By God’s Grace, we are coming back here next year to thank God and to testify to the power of God that everything is settled,” he stressed.