The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to shut down all private universities across the country should the 9-month strike embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues.
According to a report from Punch, this disclosure was made by the new President of NANS, Sunday Asefon, while speaking on a Punch Online interview programme, The Roundtable.
Asefon, who lamented that the ongoing strike, which is the longest industrial action embarked upon by the university lecturers, said that NANS would get into a discussion with the Federal Government representatives and ASUU leaders to find a lasting solution to resolve the stalemate in negotiations between the 2 sides.
However, the NANS President pointed out that if the strike action is not called off as soon as possible after consultations with both parties, the association will be left with no option but to move in and shut down all tertiary institutions in the country.
What you should know
- The members of ASUU have been on strike since March 2020 due to conflict with the Federal Government over some unpaid allowances and the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which the union opposes.
- However, following the offer by the government to increase the funds for Earned Allowances and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion, the union leaders accepted the offer and agreed to convey the message to their various organ before reporting back to the government.
- The union insisted that all withheld salaries and outstanding allowances must be paid and not through the IPPIS platform before they can call off the strike.
- A meeting between Federal Government representatives and leaders of ASUU which was scheduled to hold today, Wednesday, December 9, 2020, has been postponed indefinitely by the union as they claimed the time frame given to them to consult with their members is too short.
FG vows to take decisive action against IPOB, others, identifies their sponsors
President Muhammadu Buhari has again warned that the Federal Government remains ready to take decisive actions against secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten national security.
This is as the president revealed that the federal government has already identified high-profile financiers of these agitators, which also includes a serving member of the National Assembly.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the warning was issued by the President during a nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary on Friday, in Abuja.
President Buhari vowed that his administration will arrest and prosecute those who he said incite violence with their words and action and insisted that the unity of the country is non-negotiable.
President Buhari in his words said, “The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers, including one identified as a serving member of the National Assembly.
“This is a clear example of how people abandon their national leadership positions for their selfish gains. Instead of preaching unity, they are funding and misleading our youth to conduct criminal acts that sometimes lead to unfortunate and unnecessary loss of lives and property.
“As the so-called leaders run abroad to hide, our innocent youths are misled and left in the streets to fight for their senseless and destructive causes.’’
President Buhari, however, gave the assurance on the improvement of the security architecture of the country as the government would continue, with a greater level of peoples’ participation and collaboration with international partners.
He said the Federal Government would also reduce the enabling environment that allowed criminality to thrive and eliminate opportunities for terrorism financing in the country.
Doctor’s strike: States pay foreign doctors five times higher than Nigerian counterparts – Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige revealed that some states in Nigeria are employing foreign doctors and pay them five times higher than Nigerian doctors.
The Minister disclosed this in a meeting with the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka and other federal commissioners this week.
He stated that such preferential treatment given to foreigners by some states ahead of Nigerian doctors does not encourage national unity and loyalty and urged the FCC to use its constitutional mandate to promote national unity and loyalty, rather than concentrate its efforts only on the public sector, especially in job recruitment.
What the Minister said
“The constitution did not say that you do only cases in the public sector. There are areas we need you to look into especially where the constitution is silent.
“We have cases where doctors are employed from Egypt, Cuba and Pakistan and they are paid five times what the Nigerian doctor will get if you convert the foreign exchange they use to pay them.
“But in this country, I was here when some of my teachers left from South East to go and teach in the North East at a time. They left because we had enough down there to export to our brothers. They were paid with our local currency and given some other incentives, which at the end of the day make the economy of those states to be alright,” he said.
He added if some people are poor in Nigeria in the poverty index rating, when the Nigerian poverty index is being taken, it will be an aggregate, including those places. “If it is health, when the health parameters are being taken, it is for the whole. So, FCC can go into that area,” he said, urging the FCC to persuade the state governments to open up and advertise those jobs, so that Nigerians can come whether from South-East, South-South or North-Central to fill the gap.
“Our constitution is the supreme law of the land. And any law made by anybody, whether national and state assembly that is in conflict with the constitution is void. So, you people have a strong mandate from the supreme law of the land. I think you should help us build a new country. A country where we will not be talking about hatred because it is some of these perceptions that cannot even be separated from reality that breeds all the discontent and hate speeches we see,” he said.
Earlier this month, President Muhammadu Buhari called on striking health workers in Nigeria to return to work, urging that embarking on industrial action at a time when Nigerians need them the most is not the best action to take, no matter the grievances.
The President added that the FG was supporting initiatives to expand health insurance coverage and bring more resources to health financing.
“We have many more challenges ahead and much more to do for our large population.
“In this respect, it is important to remind you that, as senior medical personnel and representatives of one of the most respected professional groups in the world, your responsibilities for the health and wellbeing of Nigerians are clear.
“It does not end only with the welfare of your members, but continues with a sense of responsibility for the entire country and its sociopolitical health and national stability,” he added.
IGP recommends suspension of DCP Abba Kyari over indictment in Hushpuppi’s fraud case
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.
Kyari’s suspension, which was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, follows the alleged involvement of the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), with a fraud suspect, Ramon Abbas popularly known in social circles as Hushpuppi.
According to the statement, the IGP noted that the recommendation for suspension which is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
“The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference,” the statement said.
The IGP further directed the constitution of a 4-man Special Investigation Panel to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government and to offer recommendations for further actions on the matter.
“The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.”
In case you missed it
- U.S Court documents revealed that Hushpuppi arranged to have a former business partner, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, arrested by Abba Kyari after they scammed a Qatari businessman off $1 million.
- Abba Kyari reacted to the allegation claiming that Hushpuppi’s associate was arrested after his office was called about a potential case of threat to life and that “nobody demanded for a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi.”
- See full text of the conversation between the duo as contained in the records of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
- Nigeria’s largest opposition party, the People Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector of General of Police to order the investigation and possible extradition of DCP Abba Kyari to the United States for his alleged involvement Hushpuppi.