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Economy’ll Not Collapse If FG Meets ASUU’s Demands – Falana •Rejects Obasanjo’s Intervention

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ASUU MEETING WITH VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO IN ABUJA RECENTLY

ASUU MEETING WITH VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO IN ABUJA RECENTLY

Human Rights activist and Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the federal government against inviting former President Olusegun Obasanjo to mediate in the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, saying the move would be counter-productive.

Instead, Falana advised the federal government to urgently reorder its priority and provide adequate funds to the universities.

He said such approach would compel ASUU to end the strike.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday titled: “The Federal Government Should Stop ASUU Strike Now!,” Mr. Falana recalled that under the administration of Mr. Obasanjo, universities were shut down for six months but instead of providing funds for the universities to operate at an enhanced level, the former president and his deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar awarded licences for establishment of “private” universities to themselves.

The former president and his deputy are owners of Bells University of Technology, Ota, in Ogun State and American University of Nigeria (formerly ABTI-American University), in Yola, Adamawa State respectively.

Falana cautioned that the impression should not be created that the ASUU strike had been allowed to drag on for so long because top government officials had their children and wards in private schools at home and abroad, just as he described as “abnormal”, government’s claim that it did not have adequate funds to meet the demands by the striking lecturers.

He said, “The Minister of Finance and the coordinator of the country’s economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has made President Goodluck Jonathan to believe that the economy would collapse if the federal government implements the 2009 FG/ASUU Agreement. Did Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala and Mr. Lamido Sanusi not say that the economy would collapse if the illegal price of N141 per litre of petrol was not sustained? When the Nigerian people forced the federal government to reduce the price to N97 did both voodoo economists resign like their counterparts would have done in the Brettonwood institutions?”

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  1. Fine agitated gurl

    October 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    May God punish all these bad leaders who implemented licenses to private universities and make the average nigerians to suffer..Anyone against this asuu negatively will be put to shame ijn amen. Any leader badly advicing jonathan against settling asuu 4d poor students to resume may u all quench..enuff is enuff time for us to be treated fairly..U wicked govts keep on looting us may God treat ur fuckups..mtchew nonsense.

  2. ighodaro john

    October 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    If our leaders truely care for the educational sector they would have settle with ASSU

  3. Hajara

    October 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

    FG if u care a lot about the future of Nigerian student….u should have atleast settle Assu by now….

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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