A Psychology lecturer in the University of Lagos, Mr Dan Ekere has criticized the deadlocked meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). He shared his views today at the Channels Television program Sunrise Daily.
He scolded the Head of the Implementation Committee of the Needs Assessment Report and the Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam, for given promises to end strike soon but, Ekera argues, never delivering on them:
“Each time we hear Gabriel Suswan after the meeting come out and tell us there is hope, they will soon call off, I don’t know whether he is the one who will call the strike off.” “So far there has not been any meaningful made,” he added.
Ekere also found its paradoxical that the two parties had not agreed upon the finances before signing the agreement, and queried the FG for asserting that “this agreement predated this government” wondering “if government is no longer in continuum”.
He kept on arguing that ASUU is fighting the government to “make the system work so that the state to be sound”. Ekere also stated that there should not be any basis for any strike if the FG passes the 2009 agreement entered into, noting that “no academic is interested in strike”. However, he disclosed that the agreement provides room for a re-negotiation.
ASUU has been on a indefinite strike nationwide since 1 July 2013. The Union stated that the FG has not been following the law that entered into force in 2009 that guarantees a N12,500 monthly allowance to each lecturer. The conflict escalated when on Tuesday, 13 August, the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said the government simply has no resources to meet the union demands.
Young Nigerians protesting against SARS brutality, under the #EndSARS movement, stormed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos state.
The protesters in their hundreds are preventing movement in and out of the busiest airport in the country.
Nationwide protests have been going on over the past 11 days, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, but since it began, this is the first time protesters would disrupt activities inside an airport.
Popular actor turned politician, Yul Edochie, who had signified interest to contest the presidency in the forthcoming elections in 2019 has called for the resignation of President Buhari.
He made the call via his Twitter handle on Monday afternoon, October 19.
According to Yul, President Buhari was very vocal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration and called for the resignation of the former President on the basis of poor performance.
He opined that President Buhari has performed worse than Jonathan, therefore he should resign from office.
”President Buhari was very vocal during the previous Govt. He called for Goodluck’s resignation on the basis of poor performance. Today Buhari’s performance is worse than that of Jonathan. We put our hopes in him & he failed us. I call for Buhari’s resignation. #ENDBADGOVERNANCE” he tweeted.