Enugu-based Progressive Students Movement (PSM) has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to be responsible in its negotiations to resolve the ongoing strike and consider suffering of Nigerian students.The PSM also urged the Federal Government to withdraw its law suit against ASUU at the Industrial Court “as this will further waste the already wasted time of Nigerian students”.The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, disclosed this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Sunday.Okereafor noted that it was regrettable that the strike had been allowed to linger beyond seven months.The PSM boss, while appealing for a compromise between both parties, enumerated the recent losses caused by the lingering strike.“It is regrettable that actions of both parties have led to shutting down of universities for seven months over the continuous strike which has obviously drastically affected the academic calendars.“The continuous strike has also deprived university students from joining their polytechnic counterparts in mobilising and partaking in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“ Information at our disposal reveals a UNIBEN staff committed suicide few weeks ago,” he said.He appealed to well meaning Nigerians, especially prominent leaders and respected traditional rulers, to prevail on both parties to shift grounds and find a middle ground for an amicable agreement.He noted that Nigerian students had remained at the receiving end of each academic strike.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), pan-African students movement, has urged the National Assembly (NASS) to consider passing a bill barring public officials and their children from studying and receiving medicare abroad.
The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, in a statement in Enugu on Wednesday, said that following the continuous ASUU strike as well as decay in the education and health sectors, there was a need for urgent reform.
According to Okereafor, NASS should pass a bill to prohibit and stop public office holders and their children from studying and receiving medical treatment abroad for attention to be paid to the sectors.
“It is disheartening that Nigerian universities have been shut for over five months as a result of the continuous ASUU strike.
“It is, however, disappointing and a complete mockery of Nigerians seeing on the media public office holders and their children studying and graduating in UK, USA, Canada among other countries with the same celebration in the media,” he said.
Okereafor urged the Federal Government to consider an immediate end to the ASUU strike, adding that PSM was persuading ASUU and other striking unions to consider returning to the negotiation table.
He noted that many public university students, who were supposed to be mobilised for their National Youth Service Corps, had their mobilisation truncated by the continuous strike.
“We commend Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for coming out in solidarity with students as parents even though it was long overdue.
“We have no doubt their solidarity will go a long way in further compelling the government on the need to do the needful without further delay,” he said.
The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a pan-African student movement, has congratulated Sen.
Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for a resounding victory at the just-concluded Osun governorship poll.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Adeleke was declared winner of the July 16 Osun Governorship Polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) early morning on Sunday.
Adeleke won in 17 out of 30 council areas of the state and had more than the required 25 per cent spread in each of the council areas in the state.
The President of the group, Mr Bestman Okereafor, gave the congratulatory message in a statement on Sunday in Enugu.
“The attention of PSM has been drawn to the outcome of the Osun State gubernatorial election held on July 16 with Sen.
Ademola Adeleke declared as winner and governor-elect.
“We congratulate Adeleke for his well deserved victory.
“We equally commend INEC for conducting a credible election in Osun State as a clear testimony that indeed votes now counts in Nigeria,” Okereafor said.
He noted that PSM considers the victory of Adeleke in defeating an incumbent governor as a wakeup call to underperforming first term state governors in different states of the federation.
According to him, the recent development in Osun is a clear indication that come 2023 Nigerians will vote for individual personalities and not political parties.
“It has been observed that many underperforming public office holders always hide under the leverage of their political parties and their popularity to seek re-election,” he said.
The PSM leader also appealed to political office holders to ensure that “the true dividends of democracy are felt by all and sundry for future purpose.”
The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a students’ movement, on Tuesday urged well-meaning Nigerians and elder statesmen to intervene in lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in public universities.
The National President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Enugu.
NAN recalls that ASUU, on Monday, May 9, extended its over two-month old strike by yet another three months.
ASUU had embarked on a nationwide warning strike on Feb. 14, 2022.
The industrial action was aimed at pressing home its demands which include revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution for payment of university lecturers.
Okereafor said: “We consider the laissez-faire attitude of the Federal Government towards the continued ASUU strike as a deliberate mockery of Nigerian students and the education sector.
“As Progressives, we have consulted, persuaded, consolidated on the continued ASUU strike which is doing more harm than good, especially academically, even as it affects the future of Nigerian students.
“It will not be out of place for Nigerian student leaderships to proceed to the shutting down of both the APC and PDP national party secretariats in demand for their voice to be heard on the strike”, he said.
Okereafor said to avoid the consequences of planned students protest, it was important that relevant stakeholders should prevail on government and the lecturers to end the strike immediately. (
The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a pan-African students group, has condemned, in strong terms, the continuous destruction of public and private businesses and property across the country.
The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday.
According to Okereafor, this will affect Nigerian youths more as many who were previously employed have now been rendered jobless.
The PSM boss also urged all stakeholders in nation building to preach peace and not war at this time.
He, however, called on politicians and politically-exposed Nigerians to desist from inciting the youths to violence.
“As progressives, we condemn, in totality, police brutality and all forms of extortion and oppression of students and youths in the country.
“PSM also condemns, in totality, the killing of peaceful protesters, mostly youths, at the Lekki toll-gate area of Lagos State by men of the Nigerian Army. We pray to almighty God to grant them eternal rest.
“PSM, as partners in progress for a better Nigeria, is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari as the Grand Commander of the Armed Forces to, as a matter of urgency, address the nation as his long silence is already doing more harm than good.’’
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The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a pan-African student movement, has urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State to imbibe peace and reconciliation to further promote progress.
The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, made the call in a statement issued to newsmen in Enugu on Friday.
Okereafor also called upon Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State to play a fatherly role of reconciling all party members, notwithstanding ideologies and differences.
“The attention of the leadership of PSM has been drawn to recent political intrigues ongoing in Ekiti State and wish to register our total displeasure at this unpalatable development.
“As progressives, we consider this as a bad precedence for a ruling party, and expect Gov. Fayemi, who doubles as the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum to serve as an agent of progressive change.
“Gov. Fayemi should find possible ways of resolving all internal disputes within the party as a leader,’’ he said.
According to him, as stakeholders in the Nigeria Project, PSM expect the ruling party to be busy studying the outcome of the recently conducted Edo Governorship Elections in projection for the forthcoming Ondo Governorship Election.
Okereafor also implored all aggrieved APC members in the state to embrace dialogue and save the ruling party from further embarrassment.
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The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a pan-African student pressure group, has felicitated with Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, as he clocks 60 years.
The group also congratulated the governor for successfully piloting the affairs of Ogun in the last one year in office.
The felicitation is contained in a statement issued by Mr Bestman Okereafor, PSM President, on Saturday in Enugu.
“PSM joins the world and good people of Ogun in celebrating Gov. Dapo Abiodun, on his double celebrations of 60th birthday and one year in office.
“As progressives, we congratulate the governor over his giant strides with direct positive impacts on people of Ogun.
“No wonder he keeps receiving accolades from home and abroad in the areas of youths empowerment, education, security, health care, agriculture and housing development.
“PSM also salutes your style of political and ideology accommodation, which has obviously secured the loyalty of all oppositions in the state,’’ Okereafor stated.
He called on the governor to remain steadfast, dedicated and solid, and never be distracted by the “noisemakers”.
He said the group believed in his ability to take the state to greater heights.
“We pray that God Almighty will empower the very humble and indefatigable governor with good health and wisdom to realise his dreams of building a future for Ogun people.’’
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The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Enugu.
He spoke on the way forward to get holistic containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Okereafor, however, lauded some state governments that had taken the containment seriously and had spent a lot to ensure positive results as well as flattening the graphic curve of the pandemic.
According to him, it is just worrisome that some states are not doing much in terms of facilities, equipment and health workers preparedness, and they continue to have daily upsurge of cases.
“The Federal Government, as a matter of urgency, should declare a state of emergency in states with high level of confirmed COVID-19 cases basically to reduce the spread of the pandemic.
“The state of emergency should come on these states through strict enforcement of lockdown for at least two weeks.
“This move had become imperative following the increase in inter-state movement especially at night hours notwithstanding the present night curfew imposed by the Federal Government meant to ensure containment of the pandemic,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that as at midnight of Wednesday (May 6), 195 fresh cases were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the country; thus bringing the number of national confirmed cases to 3,145.
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The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a students’ socio-political pressure group, says Nigerians notwithstanding their political affiliations and creed must unite against Coronavirus to stop the pandemic in the country.
The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, made the call on Saturday in Enugu while reacting to the death of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Abba Kyari.
Okereafor said the organisation considered the death of Kyari as a testimony of the existence and reality of the deadly virus in Nigeria.
According to him, there is need for government at all levels to be more committed and proactive in tackling the pandemic without political inclinations.
“PSM condoles with the Federal Government and the Abba Kyari immediate family on this painful loss, even as we pray that Almighty Allah grant the family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Presidency on Saturday morning announced the passage of Kyari.
Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja.
“The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment.
“But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020. May God accept his soul,’’ the statement said.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has provided an uncommon leadership in Nigeria and the West African sub-region, says the Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a pan-African student movement.
The President of PSM in Nigeria, Mr Bestman Okereafor, said this in a congratulatory message to President Buhari and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Tuesday.
Okereafor said the leadership of PSM joined the league of progressives across the globe in wishing Buhari happy 77th birthday.
“No doubt, Buhari has continuously display uncommon style of leadership aimed at taking our beloved country to the much anticipated next level.
“The Executive orders and other dynamic changes put in place by your administration are all geared to reposition the socioeconomic status of the country.
“Happy birthday to our beloved President; we sincerely wish you many more progressive and fruitful years ahead in sound health,’’ he said.
Okereafor, however, called on the President to give a Presidential Order to all state governors to commence the full payment of the N30, 000 minimum wage to workers as a matter of urgency.
“We want Buhari to wade into the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo as it has already given the party bad name and image.
“It is highly ridiculous and not too good for a ruling party.
“PSM is calling on political office holders, irrespective of their political party affiliation to always respect the supremacy of the party.“
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