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FG To ASUU: We Can’t Meet Your Demands Now

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The Federal Government said that it will be unable to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities for now.

The Federal Government, therefore, appealed to the lecturers, who have embarked on the strike, to exercise restraint in their demands.

The position of the Federal Government was stated on Monday night by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, at a press conference in Abuja.

Adamu said ASUU’s problems with the government began during the Umaru Yar’Adua administration in 2009.

He said the Federal Government would have fulfilled its obligations to ASUU if international oil prices had not crashed after 2009.

He said previous administrations made promises to the union when the economy was buoyant, adding that the Federal Government provided an agreement in 2009 for funding of universities to the tune of N1.3 trillion over a period of six years.

Adamu said: “The issues necessitating this strike date back to 2009 when the then government of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua signed an agreement with ASUU on the funding of federal universities.

“The agreement provided for funding of universities to the tune of N1.3 trillion over a period of six years.

“It is instructive to know that Nigeria was experiencing oil boom at that time.

“It was therefore expected that the government would meet the terms of the agreement.

“However, international oil prices crashed in subsequent years, thereby throwing the country into an economic hardship.

“At the inception of this administration, the country’s economic fortunes worsened, nose-diving into a recession, with dire consequences on all sectors of the economy, including education.

“We exited recession not too long ago and we are just beginning to recover from the consequences of low oil prices, which are happily beginning to pick up.

“If this trend continues, definitely the education sector will also improve.

“Against this background, I want to appeal to all parents, students and in particular ASUU women and men to continue to exercise restraint in terms of their response to the plight of the education sector.

“We must also be mindful that there are other sectors with similar competing needs.”

Members of ASUU on Monday began what has been termed total and indefinite strike action.

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Akeredolu Bolts To Lagos To Make Peace With Tinubu, As 7 Commissioners Set To Dump Ondo Governor

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state is jittery ahead of the public pronouncement of his suspension by the party’s National Working Committee NWC for anti-party activities.

The Ondo State governor has consequently dashed to Lagos to make peace with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, vanguard reports.

I am not in a position to tell you the reason for the visit, all I know is that Oga will be in Lagos later tonight”, an aide of Governor Akeredolu said. Also, Akeredolu according to sources in Akure would join other south-west governors to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is billed for a state visit to Lagos today.

It was gathered that he left Akure, the Ondo state capital yesterday by road after some notable leaders of the party including the immediate past national vice chairman of the party in the south-west, Pius Akinyelure intervened in the festering cold war between the APC national leader and Akeredolu.

Reports had it that he would denounce the statement by his aide, Otito Atikase who accused Tinubu and the party national chairman Adams Oshiomole of being the brains behind Akeredolu’s yet to be confirmed, but undenied suspension from the party.

Since Akeredolu saw President Muhammadu Buhari in company of the Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi after the last election, fresh moves to explain to the president, reasons for the APC dismal performance have been reportedly thwarted by the cabals at the Presidential Villa.

According to Vanguard, it was learnt that the likes of Akinyelure impressed it on Akeredolu that the best bet for him was to make peace with Tinubu and other leaders and stop being heady. It was gathered that some party leaders from the south-west would join him at Bourdilon, the residence of the national leader of the party.

Meanwhile, reports had it that no fewer than seven commissioners are set to shift their allegiance from Akeredolu to an alternative candidate for the 2020 governorship election being groomed by the cabals in the Presidency.

The commissioners it was learnt do not want to sink with him ahead of the 2020 election and they have shifted their allegiances to other governorship aspirants who have infiltrated Akeredolu cabinet.

It was also gathered that since the suspension saga became public, the party former governorship aspirant, Dr Segun Abraham has started oiling his campaign machinery while another prominent party leader Olusola Oke and a loyalist to President Buhari, lfe Oyedele who is presently the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company.

Oyedele and Abraham are banking on making two of the commissioners their deputies and the affected commissioners are recruiting other cabinet members to support them. Two other commissioners are equally positioning themselves as deputy governorship aspirants to either Oyedele and Abraham using the religious card.

Sources said that Oke may be asked to step down for Oyedele who is the choice of the aides to the President while he may be given the senatorial slot in 2023. Findings showed that the national coordinator of the APC House of Representatives members-elect Bunmi Tunji Ojo of Akoko North West/ North East Federal Constituency has been coordinating for Femi Gbajambila as speaker of the House of Representatives is equally eyeing the deputy governorship slot with Oyedele.

Oyedele was said to have been responsible for the upkeep of many of the commissioners who earn a paltry N296, 000 monthly salary. A member of the House of Representatives elects told Vanguard that Oyedele gave each senatorial candidate in the state N2m each before the election was postponed and another N2m when the election finally held.

” Do you believe that when the governor dumped all the Senate and House of Representatives candidate somebody sent money to all the candidates because they were all stranded. Vanguard learnt that he first gave N500,000 to each of the House of Representatives candidates before the election was postponed and another N1m each after while each of the House of Assembly members received N350,000. He said;

“Akeredolu did not give us a dime for the election, we were stranded financially. He only gave N2m to some of his loyalists during December to buy rice for the party members in our constituencies. Some candidates were even sidelined and were not given the money to buy rice. ”

Ordinarily the Northern senatorial area of the state was expected to spend 8 years but Akeredolu has turned the entire North to Owo and the rest of the Akokos marginalised so why clamour for 8 years for Akeredolu when others are marginalised. We are not bothered if North is shortchanged or not; what we are after is a quality material who believes in the party, not himself and his family alone.

Source: Vanguard

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Sheer Evil: Estranged Lover Kills 5 Members Of Ex-Girlfriend’s Family, Roasts 4 Others For Being Jilted

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Igbodigho community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State has been thrown into mourning following the setting ablaze of a family of nine by a middle age man identified Deji Adenuga.

Adenuga, popularly known as “Davar” in the community where the incident occurred, was said to have set the residence of the victims on fire.

The building happened to be his ex-girlfriend’s family house.

It was gathered that Adenuga had been jilted by his erstwhile girlfriend, Titi Sanumi.

Five persons were confirmed to have died in the arson, while those critically injured are currently battling for survival at the Trauma Center, Ondo.

Titi was said not to have been around during the attack on her family.

Confirming the incident, the Ondo State Police Command stated that the estranged boyfriend was on the run after committing the arson.

It was gathered that a man, Alade Victor, came to the police station to report the incident of arson and murder that took place in the community.

Police report said nine family members, who were occupants of the house, including Victor’s 45-year-old brother, Alade Glory, were set ablaze in their one-room apartment at Adetuwo Street in Igbodigho.

The police assured that the suspect will soon be nabbed.

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ASUU Fumes Over Aisha’s Plan To Establish Muhammadu Buhari University

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday lambasted First Lady, Aisha Buhari, over her proposed plan to establish Muhammadu Buhari University.

Aisha made the disclosure last Saturday during a townhall meeting in Yola, Adamawa state.

Aisha, who did not reveal when or where the university would be sited, explained that it would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.

Reacting, ASUU lamented that the declaration was a sad reminder of the president’s continued reduction of budgetary allocation to the education sector since 2015.

Daily Trust quoted ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, as calling the proposed university a joke.

Omole said: “When I heard about the proposed private university to be named after Mr President, I just looked at it as a joke taken too far.

“If we have a president in a country that has simply refused to fund public education and all we get from the first family is to establish a private university in collaboration with some foreigners, it is a disaster for this country and for a sitting president.

“The implication is that Nigerians should know that this leadership does not believe in public funded education”.

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