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ASUU strike: Students threaten nationwide protest, court action

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The National Association of Nigerian Students has given the Federal Government and university lecturers a 14-day ultimatum to resolve their crisis and reopen their schools or face a nationwide protest and a legal action.

A communiqué issued by the student body on Wednesday in Enugu after a NANS Students’ Leaders Emergency Virtual Meeting held on November 9 described the continued strike as a form of crime against the students’ careers and educational pursuits.

The statement read in part, “That NANS declares the necessity of minimum of two academic session school fees waiver for Nigerian students in both state and federal institutions in the spirit of COVID-19 palliative to ameliorate the economic effects of the lockdown occasioned by the global pandemic.

“This is to avert mass dropout of students which may increase crime and criminality among youths in the country.

“That the government has failed to prioritise education, hence the failure to deploy necessary funds for complete overhauling of education sector and total revitalisation of university education in Nigeria.”

The association noted that governments had not earmarked meaningful budgetary allocations to the sector in line with the recommendation of UNESCO 26 per cent educational budgetary allocation.

According to the students’ body, this is the root cause of incessant strikes by the ASUU in all the tertiary institutions.

“Consequently, NANS with no hesitation, declares 14 days’ ultimatum for both ASUU and FG to resolve their impasse for our campuses to reopen or risk mass protest tagged #EndASUUStrike nationwide – with economic shutdown as the major target.

“That while both government and ASUU lose nothing at the end of every strike, both salaries, promotions and other emoluments among others flow uninterrupted, Nigerian students are the greatest losers as their careers are delayed, stay on campus extended, house rent/hostel fee incurred, NYSC age limit exceeded, federal/state job age requirement exceeded, among other negative effects and impact on general life plan of an average Nigerian student considered an act of deliberate wickedness.

“That NANS, on behalf of Nigerian students, shall approach the Federal High Court to seek legal redress on ASUU and FG in demand for compensation/damages for Nigerians students’ time wastage, life plan disruption and career delay.

“These shall include mandatory alternative modalities for ASUU to press home her members’ demands without interrupting academic calendar; NYSC age limit extension, mandatory removal of age limit for federal and state jobs; and unconditional two academic session school fees waiver.”

The communiqué was signed by  Salahudeen Lukman as chairman from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and  Danladi Jonah from Modibo Adama Federal University, Yola, Adamawa State.

Others are Ogunsanya Rasheed and Noforija-Epe, representing Lagos State, and Nwafor Joshua of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

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Kanu not in court, case adjourned till Oct 21

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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will remain in detention till October 21, 2021.
He was due to be in court on Monday but the Federal Government did not arraign him.
Kanu, who was reportedly arrested in Kenya last month, has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the case till October 21, 2021, over the failure of the Federal Government to arraign him.

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Insecurity made FG to retain DIGs, AIGs, says minister

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The Federal Government on Monday explained why it retained some Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police after the appointment of Usman Baba Alkali as Inspector-General of Police.
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, said the high level of insecurity made the government to retain the senior police officers.
He stated this during the decoration of 24 newly promoted Commissioners of Police to AIGs.
No senior police officer with the rank of AIG or DIG went on compulsory leave when Baba was appointed IGP.
Dingyadi stressed that was the first time of such development in recent history of the Nigerian Police Force.
He said, “The government deliberately took this position to have many hands in the force. With this action, the Police Force has retained experienced professionals that would contribute towards sustaining the relative peace of the country.”
The minister added that the criteria for the appointment of the new AIGs were purely on merit, professional conduct, and individual performance, urging the newly appointed AIGs to redouble their efforts to curb insecurity.
He reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Salaries and Wages Commission to come out with new salary structure.
He said, “To whom much is given, much is expected. Officers should re-double their effort in the fight against insecurity which had bedeviled the country today. A lot is expected of you in contributing your quota towards the sustainability of peace and unity in the country.”

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Four more Kaduna school students escape from bandits captivity

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Three students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have escaped from their captors.
They escaped from the camp on Monday where they were kept since July 19, 2021.
An aunt to one of the students, who craved anonymity confirmed this on Monday.
According to her, the teenagers had spent five days roaming inside the forest before they finally met another herder who directed them out of the forest.
It was also gathered that one of the escaped students who could recall his father’s phone number borrowed a phone to call home before his father went to pick them up.
“The children were found around Kasuwar Magani on Sunday evening hours after 28 students of the school were released by the bandits. It was the school management that called my in-law to inform us,” she said.
Two other students had escaped from the camps before they were recovered by the police.

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