ASUU Suspends Strike With FG Few Days To Election
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday announced a conditional suspension of its nationwide strike.
To which ASUU has also directed its members to return to classrooms with immediate effect.
The President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the announcement when he addressed a news conference at about 8:30 p.m. yesterday night, after another round of meeting with the government delegation, led by the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige.
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He said: “Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and 2017 Memorandum of Association (MoA), the National Executive Council (NEC) resolved to conditionally suspend the strike with effect from 12:01 a.m. on Friday 8th, February 2019.
“Should government fail to fulfill its part of the agreement reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume its suspended strike as the union deems necessary.”
Ogunyemi explained that the union had a total of 10 interactive meetings with representatives of the government which had culminated in a memorandum of action of 2019.
ASUU president said the Federal Government agreed that in addition to N20 billion for 2018, N25 billion would be released in April/May 2019, after which it would resume a full implementation of the MoU of 2013.
“Part-payments of the outstanding arrears of the earned allowance, defraying the balance up to 2018 in four tranches within 36 months, and mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budget beginning from 2019 budget are parts of the agreement,” he said.
Saraki: Atiku’s Presidency Will Bring Nigerians Together And Provide Jobs -Security
Picture description: Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar
Senate President Bukola Saraki has assured Nigerians that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate, would unite Nigerians, provide jobs and end insecurity, if elected into office.
Saraki gave the assurance on Friday in Makurdi, during the Atiku/Obi Presidential campaign rally held at the Aper Aku stadium.
He appealed to the electorate to support the presidential bid of Atiku by turning in “at least 2 million votes out of the 2.5 million registered voters in the state”.
Also speaking, the chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, said that Atiku had the magic wand to end the killing and poverty in the country.
He decried the prevailing insecurity in the state, and assured Nigerians that Atiku would end the killings and guarantee stability for the people.
Gov Samuel Ortom, in his speech, claimed that the Benue people had not benefited from the President Muhmmadu Buhari administration.
“The APC-led administration has neglected the Benue people, especially in the area of placements.
“I want Benue to vote Atiku for president because of his sound economic knowledge; I am confident that he will deploy this knowledge into initiating policies that will create jobs,” he said.
Ortom also expressed optimism that Atiku, if elected, would ensure that the Anti-Open Grazing Law was fully implemented.
INEC Lack Innovative For Proper Registration, PVCs collection
[FILE] INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu
The collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would have come to an end at the close of work hours today. The implication of this is that those who seized the last window of registration, but were unable to collect their PVCs today will not be able to vote in the presidential and National Assembly elections come next Saturday, February 16.
The same fate awaits them at the March 2 governorship and states’ House of Assembly polls, where they will watch from the sidelines.
Sadly, most of those who registered and are unable to collect their PVCs and would be disenfranchised are not to blame for this sorry situation. Observers, who spoke to The Guardian blamed th
Consequently, out of the 84,004,084 voters on INEC’s register, less than two third maybe able to exercise their democratic right to elect their preferred representatives.
Since the beginning of the week, many Nigerians have abandoned their workplaces and businesses just to fish out their elusive PVCs from INEC’s offices nationwide. Many Nigerians have lost interest in the process and resolved to cynical conclusions that the PVC collection process was made difficult, not just to frustrate them, but to rig the polls long before elections.
All this in spite of INEC’s repeated assurances that no Nigerian would be left behind unattended to. The stories emanating from PVC collection centres are anything but cheering. A cross section of respondents is angry that the process is not seamless and hitch-free. They complain that they had on a number of occasions left home as early as 5am just to collect their PVCs without luck. Those who have had to change their voting locations or resolve other problems with their PVCs face similar situation and will not be able to vote.
A young lady at Jakande Estate, Isolo, said she would abandon everything yesterday and today to go to Isolo LCDA by Aswani to try to collect her PVC. She lamented that she was in danger of not being able to vote.
While a majority of Nigerians are not able to collect their PVCs, some have been lost to a fire incident in Abia State, when an INEC office was razed by fire set by yet-to-be identified arsonists.
Spokesperson for All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said there is a bit of problem with collection, especially with those who were transfering from one location to another, but otherwise INEC has done well with the process. He also said no human institution is without problem, and advised those who had not collected their PVCs to work harder at it so they don’t get disenfranchised.
A political science lecturer at Michael Ajasin University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Dr. Funmi Olorunfemi, blamed Nigerians for always waiting till the last minute before attending to such matters, and wondered why Nigerians behaved so. She said she collected her PVC since March, but charged INEC to start its campaign early, saying it came pretty late this time. She stated that she was aware that there were long queues, but encouraged Nigerians to register long before election to avoid rush.
On the possibility of INEC working with banks to issue PVCs as banks’ ATMs, Olorunfemi, although skeptical about how such process would work, commended its innovativeness as a possible way of making the process seamless.
According to her, “I don’t know how that can work, but it’s innovative. It’s a novel, radical idea; it can work, but I don’t know… I’m trying to wrap my head around it. The logistics will probably be a nightmare, but who knows? It just might work