BREAKING: ASUU Commences Nationwide Strike – MainNews.Blog

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike. The strike is to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal government to increase students fees and introduce an education bank.

Led by its National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU declared the strike at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting late on Sunday.

Weeks before the strike was announced, Mr Ogunyemi explained in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES why the lecturers were opposed to an education bank.
“The Nigerian government experimented with it for 7-8 years; it failed.

“So government had to set up a ministerial committee at the federal executive council to go and wind up the national education banking plan in 2001/2002, something they started in 1993. So for seven to eight years, the experiment failed.

did it fail? Government was not living up to its financial obligations towards the bank. There was widespread corruption, capacity of students to pay back the loan was not there, because there were no jobs and there are still no jobs.
“So you can imagine what will become of a bank that the loan equipment is not coming or is very low, the rate of payment is low or not coming. And we told them all of these but they went ahead to come up with the idea that well, we have calculated the cost of what we need to train an undergraduate and they have estimated that it will be N1 million that they will borrow from the bank. These students will borrow 1 million, but when they borrow, 70 per cent of it will be paid directly into the universities and 30 per cent will be given to students to maintain themselves. We smelt a rat. Why? Why are you insisting that students who do not have the capacity to pay should borrow and that this time around the money will not be given to them will be paid directly to universities irrespective of whether private or public,” the don said.

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Buhari Tells Supporters To Stop Campaigning For His Re-Election For Now, Mainnews.Blog

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday appealed to his supporters across the country to pause on campaigns to re-elect him for second term in office.

According to the President, such activities at this time could amount to jumping the gun since the Independent National Electoral Commission has timetable for the electoral process.

Buhari said this in a statement made available to journalist by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President who had long made know his interest to run for a second term in office in the 2019 Presidential election, said he appreciated his supporters’ enthusiasm which he said was borne out of their desire to garner support for an administration that is actuated by nothing else, other than service for motherland.

He told them that there would be ample opportunity for them to showcase his administration’s achievements and campaign for him when the time comes.

The statement read, “It has been observed that some fervent supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have begun what may be interpreted as political campaigns in their advocacies and advertisements in the mass media.

“We appreciate their enthusiasm, borne out of desire to garner support for an administration that is actuated by nothing else, other than service for motherland, but we hereby appeal for patience, so that the game can be played according to the rules.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission has a timetable for political campaigns, and we urge committed supporters round the country (and beyond) to be mindful of such.

“There will be ample time ahead to trumpet the good works of the Buhari administration, and solicit re-election, all for the good of our country and her people.

“While a chronicle of the achievements of the administration is in order now, outright canvasing may amount to jumping the gun. We are an administration committed to due process and scrupulous respect for rules, law and order.

“We appreciate our massive supporters nationwide, and urge them to exercise restraint till the race commences officially as stipulated by law.”

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Amnesty coordinator denies non-payment of school fees MainNews.blog Jun 17, 2018 2:15 AM

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Prof. Charles Quaker DokuThe Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has refuted allegations that school fees have not been paid to some beneficiaries.

Fielding questions at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, Dokubo explained that persons alleging they had not been paid either came into the programme through the “back door” or had personally decided to extend their degree programmes.

He said: “There is no other stipend that has not been paid. Anything you hear about, sometimes, it is either people have been misinformed. We have a record in our office on those who are on stipends. Others went into the programme through the back door.

“If I identify those who came in through the back door, most times, I don’t pay them because it is eating deep into the budget. Although sometimes, I have a conscience because I say (to myself that) these people are Niger Deltans, how can we send our children out into the streets?

“But we have to look at ways we can manage it, so it does not eat deep into our budget, and yet manage them because they are from the Niger Delta. Furthermore, there is also that idea that after your first degree, you want to continue to do a Masters’ degree while you were just sent there to do a first degree. You go and register yourself and then go on protesting that the amnesty is not paying your money.

“Everything that those who complain and protest say, we have to take with a bucket of salt, because amnesty cannot send their students and refuse to pay their school fees.”

Dokubo said since he was appointed, he has tried to pay most of the outstanding backlog. He stressed that payment of stipend is an important factor in maintaining peace and security in the region.

The professor noted that people saw the stipend as an entitlement. “If you have been empowered, given a job and been trained, you have to disengage from the programmme. That is what I am trying to do, and I believe I will l do that with the support of the staff I have in my office.”

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Super eagle land in Russia

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are the latest team to arrive in Russia for the World Cup after they touched down late Monday night.

The Nigeria national team arrived Russia from Austria where they have been camped in the past few days and also played a test game against the Czech which they lost.

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