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Strike: FG Claims That Pact With ASUU Not Implementable Is Fraudulent, Says Odekunle



Femi-Odekunle[1]A Professor of Criminology and director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Abuja, Femi Odekunle, says the current ASUU strike is not about salary or benefits but about ensuring an effective university system.

Odekunle, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said that the claim by the Federal Government that some of the agreements reached between the union and government were not implementable was untrue.

“I do not believe that any agreements reached are not implementable, otherwise they would not even have been reached in the first place.

“And these issues that ASUU is fighting for have to do with infrastructure, funding and conducive environment for learning and all capture such nuts and bolts that drive the system.”

“So the claim by anyone to say that certain aspects of the agreement are not implementable is fraudulent.

“If the Federal Government can put funds into the National Assembly in terms of salary and allowances, why can’t it do the same for education that produces the manpower for the development of the nation.’’

Odekunle accused the Federal Government of employing tactics that were creating division between ASUU and management of universities by its sudden increase of vice-chancellors’ salaries and allowances.

The don, who noted that some lecturers were also culpable in contributing to the sector’s decay, noted, however, that majority of the the lecturers were serious and committed.

He said that government should address issues, including the misuse of resources, corruption of the political and government class, high cost of governance and other issues that had continued to have adverse effects on the country’s development.

Odekunle advised the government to address the ASUU strike from its root cause and not to “play politics and games with our children’s future’’. (NAN)

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  1. Osuji Ikechukwu

    August 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    The stand of govt is not only fraudulent but also criminal, when it is in their interest; they will remind us that govt is a continium but imagine how they are treating the students and their lecturers like rags because they know nothing will happen.

  2. shehu

    August 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The government that does
    not value education and future of its youth is not worth of leading its people.
    Massive unemployment and ASUU strike is enough to call for change of this government.

  3. abubakar omar

    August 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Please and please ASUU call up the strike we are tired we a spills ova students we want graduate…

    • @Jibbs

      August 10, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Chai oga,u sure say u wan graduate with this yr english…this is what ASUU is fighting for o,no infrastructure,bad learning environment…i sat on the floor in a lecture hall in my year to just to be able to hear what the lecturer is saying,twisting my neck 360 cause i was backing the lecturer and facing the chicken cage we call class…how can we learn under this type of environment

  4. Muhammad

    August 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    It is so sad that the govt cannot honour the agreement reached with ASUU since 2009. What a hypocritical govt. The lecturers too should be honest kn their job. Some of them are wome. wrappers. Kai some are too corrupt.

  5. Beatrice Lami Penuel

    August 10, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Abubakar wt ur kind of English u dnt need 2 graduate. Dats d kind of scenario ASUU is fighting 2 correct. U need 2 b sound in English 2 b able 2 communicate intelligently as a university graduate, take it easy cos u may not sale as a graduate outside ur home, unless on political ground.

  6. Princess Ny

    August 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The federal government in one way or the other have so much toiled in the educational affairs of the youth of this great nation.. I see why the keep sending their children to school abroad, or rather send them to private universities. I was born to see nigeria operating under Oligarchy and not democracy… For those who are in govt that keeps bringing pains to the poor may ur Generation suffer for it…

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter



Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”


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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu



Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims



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Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.


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