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ASUU strike comprehensive, indefinite – president



ASUU strike comprehensive, indefinite – president



Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday said that the strike by the union would be comprehensive, total and indefinite.

“I want to say that government has once again forced us into this strike as the last option. It will be comprehensive, total and indefinite.

“ASUU will not go back on the action, Ogunyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone.

ASUU had on Sunday declared a nationwide strike during its national executive committee meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

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It said that Nigerian universities and the entire education sector were poorly funded.

It also alleged plans by the Federal Government to increase tuition fees and re-introduce an education bank.

ASUU added that it was protesting non-implementation of an agreement it entered into with the Federal Government in 2009 and non-implementation of a Memorandum of Action in 2017.

Ogunyemi said on Monday: “Before declaring this strike, we had written six letters to the Federal Government in the last two years with no headway.

“We kept negotiating with government but it kept imposing things that we do not like.

“The Nigeria Education Bank, for instance, is not new to us as it was put in place between 1993 and 2001 but it failed because of corruption, diversion of funds and government’s failure to fulfil its obligation toward the bank.

“Enough is enough; we feel so much for students, but the needful must be done for them to be confident of the kind of certificates they will carry.

“The strike has commenced; we shall have our monitoring team in all universities to ensure total compliance.”

He, however, noted that the strike would begin fully on Wednesday to give room for ASUU chapters to hold congresses and address their members.

Meanwhile, the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has expressed sadness at the strike, urging the Federal Government to urgently address it.

“It is sad that we keep going round this same circle over and over, Chief Adeola Ogunbanjo, Second Deputy National President of NAPTAN, said in an interview with NAN on Monday in Lagos.

Ogunbanjo said that the strike had become too many and needed a lasting solution.

“This agitation is becoming one to many; it is one attention that government must strive to pay to ASUU for us to move forward as a people and a nation.

“ASUU has been harping on these issues, and there is a blueprint to back its demands, yet government keeps reneging,’’ he said.

The NAPTAN chief told NAN that Nigeria would record facilitated development if it would give priority attention to education.

“Look at this year’s budget; just meagre seven per cent was set aside for the education sector from the overall national budget.

“This is not good for a country that craves for accelerated growth and transformation,” he said.

Ogunbanjo said that inadequate funding would hinder  teaching, research and community development in universities.

He said that research in particular was almost not existent in some universities as a result of poor funding.

According to him, some universities would have lost their relevance but for some foreign grants.

“It is time for government to show more concern and be more responsive to the needs of these institutions and the education sector at large.

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“Now, those who will be affected more are our children who will, once more, come back home and probably start engaging themselves in issues capable of compromising their future,’’ he said.

According to him, the strike is capable of making some of students to lose interest in schooling.

“However, I plead with ASUU to reconsider its action as soon as government shows sincere commitment to revisiting the issue.

“If government is able to tackle at least two out of about five issues presented on the table, ASUU should, please, reconsider its action and go back to work for the sake of our children and the future of our dear country,” he urged.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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