The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Wednesday, advised Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, to jettison the idea of installing security cameras in Abolongo prison, just as the governor disclosed aftermath the attack on the custodial centre.
Aregbesola’s reaction, came on the heels of the visit of the governor to the custodial centre, to assess its level of damage, following the attack of gunmen on the prison located in Oyo town that led to escape of not less that five hundred inmates.
Vanguard recalled that Makinde had, during a visit, promised that his government would take immediate steps to protect the facility.
The governor, while speaking after an inspection of the attacked centre during the weekend, said that he has ordered that the main road leading to the facility be immediately graded.
He had also promised to install security cameras in the facility and link same with the security situation room in the state.
Reacting on an Ibadan-based private radio station on Wednesday and monitored by Vanguard, Aregbesola’s media adviser, Sola Fasure, said that: “With due regard to Governor Makinde, I am sure if the governor has such power that something of such nature should be done in a correctional facility.”
“It would be taken as an advisory opinion. In the spirit of the moment, everybody is so concerned as some statement would be made but not necessarily because they are the right one to be made.”
“There is an ongoing upgrade programmes of all correctional facility in the country. It is unfortunate it has not got to Abolongo before the incident happened. As you are aware, more per cent of all inmates in correctional facility are awaiting trial. That really creates problem for accommodation.”
“So the federal government is building a 3000-capacity facility in the 6 geo-political zones. Two are almost ready-the ones in Abuja and Kano. Each facility will have its own court. So the problem of taking suspects to court will be sorted.”
“But what we need more than anything else is for state government, because 99 per cent of most offenders are state offenders. They are the one awaiting trials and occupying most of the spaces.”
“The federal government had proposed at a time that they should build holding centers that the NCS will help them staff and manage. And then to accelerate the wheel of justice so that justice will be quickly dispensed. So that we don’t have awaiting inmates facing trial in custody for long.”
“The state government can help tremendously along this line, building holding centers and accelerating the wheel of justice. The lawyers use adjournment to frustrate justices. The state government can actually do a review and eliminate adjournment so that justice will be quickly delivered.”
“The upgrade of the facility is ongoing and it will get to every facility in the country where modern facility will be installed. So what we need, more than anything, is decongestion, especially of the awaiting trial inmates which falls within jurisdiction of state government.”
“If the state government wants to help, no problem. At least, every assistance would be appreciated. I am just making clarification. You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t direct another agency on what to do. That is what I am trying to say.”
“The issue of the upgrade of facility is squarely within the jurisdiction of the ministry of interior and the NCS. State government do not have holding centers of correctional facility.”
“But like I said the other time, if the state governments want to assist, they will make their intention known to the appropriate authorities. And the help will be greatly appreciated,” he said.
ASUU won’t go on strike under my administration, says Atiku
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, says the Academic Staff Union of Universities will not go on strike if he is elected Nigeria’s president.
He stated this at the commemoration of the 2022 International Youth Day in Abuja on Friday.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 due to the inability of the Federal Government to honour their 2009 agreement with the union.
Atiku, who disclosed that he had been investing in education for 30 years, noted that the most important fundamental right of any youth is the right to education.
He said, “I take a very strong exception to the strike by ASUU. The inability of the government to resolve that crisis will never happen under a PDP government or administration that I will oversee.
“I have been investing in education for the past 30 years.”
The former Vice President promised to work with the university authorities to bring an end the incessant strike.
“I believe the PDP provides the best platform for you to actualise your individual, collective aspirations,” he said.
1,500 Nigerian students from Ukraine to resume at Igbinedion varsity
Another set of 1,500 Nigerian students displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine is set to commence their studies at the Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State by September 2022.
The development came as a result of a partnership agreement signed by the Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas with the management of the Igbinedion University.
The Nation had earlier reported that a Ukrainian university, the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, had signed an agreement with the Igbinedion University to help 2, 500 displaced Nigerian students continue their studies in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the representative of the Ukrainian University in Nigeria, Cliff Ogbede, the cooperation was made under the National Universities Commission trans-educational guidelines.
This was confirmed by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf.
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Providing further details, Ogbede noted that the students were about 1,500 and would resume by September.
The statement reads: “The students are about 1,500 and they will be back by September.
“In their quest to return students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to class, another top-rated Ukrainian academic institution—Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas—has equally signed a cooperation agreement with the Igbinedion University, Okada.
“This cooperation will enable their students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to resume classroom lectures at the Igbinedion University campus on a joint educational programme, under the Nigerian National Universities Commission Transnational Educational Guidelines.
“The joint Transnational Educational programme will enable the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Ukrainian Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas to continue their academic programme uninterrupted in addition to the existing distance learning mode, as a similar model is applied in particular for the organisation of academic cooperation with universities in Turkey and some other countries.”
Resolve Varsity Strike Now, TUC Tells FG
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As concerns mount over the continued closure of the country’s federal universities, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has demanded immediate action by the federal government to end the dispute with striking university workers and reopen the institutions shut down close to six months now.
The union also said that it will not relent in its resolve to work in concert with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to support the Labour Party’s quest to win the presidential election in 2023.
Addressing journalists at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja yesterday, TUC President, Festus Osifo, expressed dismay over the lingering face-off between federal government and university based unions which has resulted in the complete shut down of the institutions nationwide.
It also raised the alarm over detororiating state of security in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to act decisively to prevent a situation where terrorists and bandits will become an occupation force.
In addition, TUC expressed opposition to the planned privatisation of government-owned hospitals, saying the move will worsen the hardship and sufferings the citizens were going through.
According to Osifo, the school closure was becoming an embarrassment to the country’s image.
“You will agree with me that where there is a will, there is always a way. Recently the Nigerian government spent about N1.4 billion to buy vehicles and donated to the Government of Niger.
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“The kind of profligacy we have in government is too much. If government is serious, I can tell you that they will resolve this issue of ASUU within 48 hours.
“So it is not about the finances. How much do we pay today as far as fuel subsidy is concerned? And how much of that money actually gets to the masses. How much of that money is actually spent on us?
“Today if you see what goes through the budget. If you see the different budget heads. So it is a value that is placed on education. The value that is placed on our university system. That is why we are here today,” he said.
On insecurity, TUC said that the federal government should stop lamenting and take decisive action to arrest the dangerous situation.
Usifo further said that TUC x-rayed the poor state of the economy, especially growing expenditure on fuel subsidy.
He said that the union believes that the huge spending on fuel subsidy could be curtailed if the country’s porous borders are blocked.
According to him, a huge amount of money will be saved from curtailing subsidy and it can be used to fix our education sector.
“So this shows that out of the trillions of Naira we spent the subsidy, a substantial part of it ended up in subsidising the entire West Africa Sub-region. If the only thing government can do is to manage the border or secure the border, you are going to reduce the quantity of products that we consume on a daily basis,” he said.
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