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No Renegotiation On ASUU’s Paltry N87bn, National Assembly Spent N1tn In 8 Years – APC

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The Federal Government should honour its agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in order to end the ongoing strike that has paralyzed academic activities in government-owned universities, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.

The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday that no government can afford to play with education, because it is the path to national
development.

According to the party, ASUU was not making any fresh demands beyond the agreement it reached with the government in 2009, adding: “Agreements are meant to be honoured, and breaching them comes with some consequences.”

APC said the industrial action by the university lecturers which has kept students in public universities at home for many weeks is a further blow to the country’s education system which has deteriorated so much that no Nigerian university is currently listed in the top 100 universities in the world and only a few Nigerian universities have made the top 100 in Africa.

“The 87 billion naira that ASUU is demanding represents earned allowances hence cannot be renegotiated. In any case, this amount pales into insignificance when placed side by side with the 1 trillion naira that has been spent on federal legislators in the past 8 years; or the frivolity involved in a government minister travelling to China to negotiate a $1 billion loan in a chartered jet (with its attendant costs) and with a retinue of staffers who earned generous estacode in hard currency.

“It is an indication of the kind of priority that this Federal Government attaches to education that while it has refused to meet its own side of an agreement it reached with ASUU since 2009, it could pay out 3 trillion naira in non-existent fuel subsidies to fat cats, spend 10 billion naira annually to maintain the jets in the presidential fleet and do little or nothing to prevent the stealing of 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which translates to $120 million in a month, money that surely ends up in some people’s pockets!

“What we are saying is that if the Federal Government would reduce its profligacy and cut waste, there will be enough money to pay teachers in public universities, as well as fund research and upgrade infrastructure in such institutions. Hungry teachers can neither teach well nor carry out research. And poorly-taught students can neither excel nor propel their nation to great
heights,” the statement said.

The party also registered its disgust at the demonstrated nonchalance of those who should be working round the clock to resolve the crisis, especially the Minister of State for Education Nyeson Wike, who the party said has enough time on his hands “to be launching vigilance groups and dancing ‘palongo’ around town when the nation’s public universities are shut and students are languishing. This is shameful and totally unacceptable.”

“We are not surprised because most government officials have sent their children and wards to foreign universities, hence do not give a damn if the children of others are in school or not.

“Education is the key to national development. This is why UNESCO has recommended an allocation of at least 26% of national budgets to that critical sector. Therefore, talking about national growth and development without adequately funding education is a pipe dream!” APC said.

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  1. OLU

    August 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I really believe that Lai Mohamed is being unpatriotic and has gone too far when he stated that “The 87 billion naira that ASUU is demanding represents earned allowances hence cannot be renegotiated. In any case, this amount pales into insignificance when placed side by side with the 1 trillion naira that has been spent on federal legislators in the past 8 years”. Such inflammatory statements is irresponsible, irresponsive and uncalled for. In case he has forgotten, the APC has members in the National Assembly none of whom raised an eye brow or rejected any allowances paid to members of the national assembly. In any case, two wrongs do not make a right.

    • wushishi bashir

      August 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Dear you lost bearing!
      I’m sure if you may have similar avenue to that Of jonathan, you can do more harm to this nation,lai was able to be frank and unbiased in all he said which is the only truth and bitter! I hope your age is not within the active class so that you won’t last long to damage the state. be wise and patriotic pls!

    • angel

      August 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      I wish your father is a teacher

  2. Raymond jude

    August 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This is what APC is good for….. Just to criticize the president & the national assembley, forgetting that tinubu and his co APC members are very currupt people. I wonder how APC will win an election with the way they are going about criticizing other political parties at every little thing.

  3. Alvin Opara

    August 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    APC is the worst thing to happen in Nigeria, they have members in the National Assembly who are collecting this hefty salaries and allowances and sees nothing wrong with it, yet they blame the president for everything. This is not the change we want, these people are just after power and nothing more

  4. Garba D masaudu Auna

    August 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Let nigeria understand de complain of de assu

  5. Tonnie

    August 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    There is no need being sentimental on this issue. FG should d agreement reached with ASUU. Those calling ASUU strike a minor issue need to rethink. Probably they are ignorance…

  6. Adekunle Mutiu

    August 21, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Whenever lai muhammed is criticizing the government i don’t blame him,there are three reason for criticizing 1 for better 2 ignorance 3 self benefit! Choose yours.

  7. olatubi oluwafisayomi august comte

    August 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Criticism from APC those not signifying that they will be able to overthrow the present government. Because am very conscious that Nigerians are not blind and they can hear what has been happening in the state of APC governors. This make it more apparently that if APC win in the forth coming election am afraid Nigerian state wil live misteriously. We have seen noting now, and we’r still not confortable it will be more worst if will allow the socalled Anti-People Congress to rule us.

  8. Segun

    August 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

    If the FG can be spending much on irrelevant things and thinks ASUU strike is just a minor issue then this present government has failed us again. I advise the FG and the present rulling party to solve the problem of ASUU strike and remember that one good turn deserves another.

  9. pc

    August 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Supported.

  10. APC . PDP all of them are same.

    August 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    APC and PDP. All of u are same of bcos u guys are not in power. Just to criticize the president & the national assembly, forgetting that tinubu and APC members the are full of corruption. So nothing is new. God has always c us through.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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