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FG offers ASUU N65bn to resolve dispute

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The Federal Government has offered the Academic Staff Union of Universities the sum of N65 billion in order to call off its eight-month strike.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, announced the offer on behalf of the government during a meeting with the union in Abuja on Friday.

He said funds were meant to address the union’s demands which include earned academic allowances and revitalisation of universities.

The minister said of the amount, N15 billion would be dedicated for revitalisation of universities.

He said the offer followed the N20 billion earlier offered to the union, which made it N35 billion earmarked to revitalise universities.

Ngige also called on vice-chancellors across public universities to submit details of the EAA/EA to the National Universities Commission before November 30.

The meeting was adjourned till next Friday for the stakeholders to further concretize the resolutions.

ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike in March over non-implementation of agreements and resolutions the federal government reached with the union in 2009.

It had also opposed the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) while presenting its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative.

The union has had several meetings with the federal government since the strike commenced but no agreement has been reached.

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Hardship: TUC asks FG to immediately begin food importation

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Hardship: TUC asks FG to immediately begin food importation

President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, has advised the Federal Government to commence the immediate importation of essential food items to cushion effects of rising food prices across the country.
He spoke during a press conference on the economic hardship ravaging the country on Monday, February 26, 2024. in Abuja.
Osifo lamented that Nigerians had never witnessed this level of hardship before even during military regimes. He added that the problems were mainly due to the government’s poor patronage of locally made products and services, and lack of capable hands at the helm of affairs.
Osifo said, “Nigerians must live to see tomorrow before we can understand how beautiful a government policy is. The national pride of striving to achieve food sufficiency locally should be temporarily relaxed.

“Governments at all levels should immediately purchase sufficient quantities of food items from different parts of the world and share them with vulnerable Nigerians.
“Importing food abroad at this point will assist to reduce the hyper-inflation of food in the country. FG should allow importation of food items for Nigerians consumption within the next two weeks.’’
The TUC president advised President Bola Tinubu to strengthen the economic management team of his administration and look beyond party or tribal lines to headhunt the best Nigerians throughout the world who could sit down and develop homegrown solutions to the hardship menace.

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BREAKING: Tinubu to implement Oransanye report, cutting 263 agencies to 161

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BREAKING: Tinubu to implement Oransanye report, cutting 263 agencies to 161

President Bola Tinubu has finally moved to implement recommendations of Stephen Oransanye report of scrapping or merging some of the federal agencies.

This is coming twelve years after the submission of the report to the Federal Government.

The 2011 report, commissioned by the then President Goodluck Jonathan, had called for the consolidation, merger or scrapping of numerous redundant and inefficient government parastatals.

However, successive administrations failed to act on the report until now.

Speaking after a federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Monday, Information Minister, Mohammed Idris, announced that Tinubu had approved wide-ranging reforms based on the Oransanye Committee’s recommendations.

He said numerous agencies will be eliminated, combined with others, or restructured.

Idris said the move was a cost-cutting measure to streamline governance.

He said President Tinubu had established a committee tasked with executing mergers, scrapping, and relocations within a 12-week timeline.

This decision followed the comprehensive Oronsanye Report of the 800 pages, which recommended reducing the number of statutory agencies from 263 to 161, scrapping 38 agencies, merging 52, and reverting 14 to departments in different ministries.

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New constitution with state police, others coming in 24 months – Deputy Speaker

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New constitution with state police, others coming in 24 months – Deputy Speaker

 

A new constitution of Nigeria with provisions for state police among others will be ready for presidential assent in the next 24 months.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman of the House Committee on Constitution Review, Benjamin Kalu, said this on Monday.

He disclosed this at the formal inauguration of the House Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution. According to Kalu, the plan to get a new Constitution available is to give the President time to study the amendments before signing them into law.

He said the House had so far received bill proposals for the establishment of state police; state access to mines; increased participation of women in politics; clear specification of the taxes/levies to be collected by each tier of government and the provision for the office of the Mayor of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

He said several bill proposals that were passed but did not make the President’s assent during the fifth constitution alterations had been brought back to the current amendment.

He listed as powers of the National Assembly and State Assemblies to summon the President and State governors, and requirements of the government to direct policies towards ensuring the rights to food and food security.

Kalu added the House was willing to accommodate more proposals to enhance the Constitution and strengthen the nation’s democracy.

He said the House was also awaiting executive-sponsored bill proposals on the renewed hope agenda of the President.

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