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ASUU: APC Has No Business Being In Govt – Middle Belt Group

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The Middle Belt Movement for Justice and Peace, MBMJP, has urged Nigerians to turn their backs on any political party that does not value the education of the youths saying such a party should have no business in government.

The group stressed that a government that does not give priority attention to the education of the upcoming generation “is on a mission to stagnate the future of the future leaders of the country hence does not deserve to enjoy any iota of support from the people.”

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The MBMJP in a statement on Wednesday in Makurdi by its Convener, Joe Bukka, was reacting to reports that Tuesday’s meeting between the striking members of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government was deadlocked.

The group pointed out that Nigerian youths had waited anxiously for the outcome of the meeting with optimism that the government would yield to their plea by shifting grounds to enable ASUU call off the strike “but all that hope was dashed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, led government that has continued to fail Nigerians since they came to power in 2015, after making Nigerians believe that they had something to offer, but we all now know better.

“It is utterly unimaginable that we have this set of leaders at the helm of affairs in this country at this time of human evolution when ICT has taken over the world and they fail to realise that keeping our children out of school for a day has its multiplier effects even on the socio-ecomonic development of our country.

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READ ALSO: JUST IN: ASUU Meeting With FG End In Deadlock, Strike To Continue

“The children you kept at home out of ignorance are the doctors, engineers, technologists, nurses, the Journalists, Agrologist name them, that are expected to step in with the modern knowledge they have acquired to rescue our country that has been grounded by these same set of leaders who obviously lack the acumen to address our challenges.

“It is their failure that has brought us to the level of becoming the poverty capital of the world despite our endowment as a nation. Today they are making concerted effort to kill the Nigerian public universities though they claim they are educated but know nothing about the value of education. That is our predicament in Nigeria.

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“That is why we must urge all Nigerians to shun any political party that does not value the education of its youths; such a party has no business in government, the leader are only on a mission to drag us back to stone age.

“A party that does not count it a priority to quickly end the ASUU strike even when it is becoming obvious that there is so much anger in the land over the manner the issue is being treated by government officials who with public funds are sending their children overseas to study, surely can no more be trusted with the mandate of the people.”

 

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Strike: Shift Grounds In The interest Of Nigerian Students, Kumuyi Tells FG, ASUU

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The General Overseer of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor W. F Kumuyi, has urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASSU, to shift grounds in resolving the conflict between them in the interest of Nigerian students.

Kumuyi made the call in Minna while fielding questions from journalists in Minna, Niger State during his six-day Global Crusade with Kumuy.

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He said he personally believes dialogue is the only forward out of the impasse.

He stated, “To ameliorate and solve the problem, I think we should be looking at how A should be looking for what will satisfy B and B should be looking for what will satisfy A.”

Kumuyi argued that fighting between the opposing institutions would not bring about the much desired peace and resolution of the crisis, insisting that the price must come from both sides.

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The cleric maintained, “On the conflict we have between government and higher institutions. I believe that dialogue is the way forward. I believe rioting and so on is not the way out, mark my words, I didn’t say will not; but may not solve the problem.”

“When two instructions or two opposing bodies have a challenge, one should look at the challenge from the point of view of the other person. The universities should be looking at what the government can do and the government should be looking at how to solve the problem.”

READ ALSO: FG Gives Update On ASUU Strike As Lecturers Extend Industrial Action

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Asked if God has spoken to him on the 2023 general elections, Kumuyi noted, “I cannot tell lies, God has not told me anything about 2023. He has not found me fit to tell me. He will not tell any man everything”

He continued, “He (God) may tell Moses to do something and may tell Joshua another thing. He might tell Paul something and not tell Peter. Who am I to question him? I cannot tell God, this is my country, why have you told me this or that”.

Calling on the youth in the build up towards 2023 general elections, the G.O stated, “young people should exercise their rights, they should use their intelligence to get us people that would get us to where we are going.”

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JUST IN: UNIBEN VC Prof Lilian Salami Elected As Chairman Committee Of Vice-Chancellors

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The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVCNU) has elected the Vice-Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami as chairman.

The Secretary General, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.

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The new chairman was unanimously elected at its virtual/physical meeting held at its secretariat in Abuja.

Ochefu said the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Prof. Sagir Abbas was elected as the Alternate Chairman.

The secretariat wished the two members of the Executive Board of the Committee success as they take over the mantle of leadership.

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READ ALSO: ASUU Strike: UNIBEN Staff Commits Suicide Over Financial Difficulties

Salami becomes the second female VC to head the committee. Until now, Salami was the Alternate Chairman to Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem.

Abdulkareem will complete his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) on October 15.

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Resumption: Edo Govt Talks Tough, Warns Teachers Against Extortion

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The Edo State Government has warned head teachers in the state public schools against extortion by imposing illegal levies on students.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Joan Oviavwe, gave the warning in Benin on Wednesday shortly after the State Executive Council meeting.

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She noted that public schools in the state are free and compulsory, warning that defaulting head teachers will be prosecuted accordingly.

The Commissioner stated, “The Ministry of Education has been mandated that on no condition should any child be driven out of school for their inability to pay whatever fees. The EXCO further reiterated, particularly the Chairman-in-Council, His Excellency, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, that public education in Edo remains free and compulsory.

READ ALSO: Obaseki Restructures Edo Civil Service

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“The Ministry has therefore been mandated to go back and review the current levies for school fees and other auxiliary costs that school heads are currently charging students and ensure that we reduce it to the barest minimum and let our school heads, including headmasters and principals, know that after this week any school head that is found to be extorting parents will not only face disciplinary actions in line with civil service rules but will also be prosecuted.”

 

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