ASUU Strike: Nwajiuba Apologises To Nigerian Students, Says His Children Are Affected

A file photo of the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba.

 

The former Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has apologised to Nigerian students over the lingering strike by the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU), saying his children are also affected. 

Nwajiuba, a presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC), tendered the apology during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“I do apologise to Nigerian students because as their minister, I will take responsibility.  But also, on behalf of the Federal Government, I would say ‘please understand what the issues are’,” he said during the current affairs show.

“All my four children have passed through Nigerian universities. I still have two who are at home now, because they are all in public universities.”

READ ALSO: [ASUU Strike] FG Working On A Funding Structure For Public Universities – Nwajiuba

As part of moves to end the incessant industrial action by university lecturers in public schools, he said the Federal Government is working out a funding structure for the varsities.

“I have proposed, and the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) will continue discussing this with Mr President, a new scheme in which universities have a different way of earning money to be able to care for themselves,” the APC chieftain explained.

“Because you see, there are only 50 of these federal universities and there are 200 others. However, these 50 alone are more than 75 percent of the number of students in the entire university structure – about 2.2m of them,” Nwajiuba added.

“So, it is important we give them a funding structure; we need to bring a funding structure to the table because this coming hand-in-cap to the Federal Government at all times cannot be continued and is not sustainable.”

According to Nwajiuba, university lecturers should find other means to press home their demands instead of going on strikes.

“In the last 20 years, we have had nearly 16 strikes. So, my position has not been that ‘Please, ASUU is talking rubbish’,” Nwajiuba said. “No, this is not true. ASUU is making a case for the entire university system.

But he said, “the only point of departure is that we have asked ASUU that strikes cannot cure the problem”.

His comment came on the heels of ASUU’s extension of the strike embarked on by the union since February 14. The lecturers are accusing the Federal Government of unwillingness to heed their demands.

2023: Kwankwaso Will Take Nigeria To The ‘Promised Land’ – Buba Galadima

Buba Galadima speaks during his appearance on Sunday Politics on December 9, 2018.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima, has backed ex-Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso for the presidency, saying he will take Nigeria to the promised land.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Galadima said the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) is the best suited for the post.

“We have done everything under the sun to make it (things in Nigeria) work, it didn’t work. Now we have somebody with the pedigree of performance, somebody with the foresight that can take us to the promised land. Why not him?

“If the Queen will colonise Nigeria again and allow me to go to Kaduna freely, let it be,” he said in reaction to why Nigerians should trust NNPP differently.

READ ALSO: Akwa Ibom Govt Denies Udom Blocking Atiku’s Meeting With PDP Delegates

“There are only two political parties in Nigeria today: NNPP and the rest. It is the winning party,” he said.

“It is 22 years old but reinvented two months ago. We’ve seen [shivers] across the spines of all those that you fear because they know that our candidate will be the next president of Nigeria, God willing.

“Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is the only politician in Nigeria that has got the CV that nobody has among all the flock that is running across the country,” he added.

Development bank disburses N1.6bn to LivingTrust MfB

The Development Bank of Nigeria has approved the disbursement of N1.6bn to LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc for on-lending to Micro Small and Medium-size entrepreneurs. In a letter from DBN to the management of the mortgage bank, dated April 27, 2022, DBN said it had in March last year, disbursed the first tranche of the fund…

Read More

Sterling Bank partners Australian firm on education loan

Ehizua Hub, an Australian education and creative technology hub, has sealed a deal with Sterling Bank Plc to bridge the financial gap in accessing online and on-campus quality Australian education. The parties disclosed this in a statement on Friday. “Sterling Bank has integrated Ehizua Hub to EdPay via its Edubanc platform to allow the bank…

Read More

How govt can tackle building collapse menace – Experts

Real estate experts have advised the Lagos State Government to wield the big stick against defaulting developers as the spate of building collapse in the state increases due to weak enforcement of the laws by regulators. The call follows a series of building collapses in Lagos which have placed the state in the spotlight in…

Read More

Emefiele should resign to preserve CBN’s credibility – Experts

Economic experts at a local think-tank, the Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise, have urged the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to resign in order to preserve the integrity, credibility, independence, neutrality, and professionalism of the apex bank. They said the partisan disposition of the CBN governor had cast doubts over the…

Read More

Police Arrest Four Over Killing Of Sound Engineer David Imoh

Late Sunday Imoh was killed by a mob. Photo: Instagram@official_davesound

 

Police authorities in Lagos State have arrested four persons over the lynching of sound engineer David Imoh. 

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the development to Channels Television on Sunday.

“The victim is David Sunday Imoh, aged 38. The incident occurred on Thursday, May 12, 2022,” he said.

“Four persons have been arrested. A manhunt for the fifth person is ongoing and the investigation is still on.”

[READ ALSODeborah’s Killing: Tambuwal Declares 24-Hour Curfew In Sokoto Metropolis

He assured me that “irrespective of the cause, we are focusing on the fact that a crime committed and all involved will be fully prosecuted”.

The police statement came hours after reports about David’s death surfaced on the social media platform Twitter.

#JusticeForDave was one of the top trends on Twitter Sunday as tweeps pushed for an investigation into the killing and for justice to be done.

Multiple reports and videos on social media showed David being lynched by a mob. The incident happened in the Oniru area of the state.

Reports suggest that David had a heated argument with a commercial motorcyclist better known as Okada. This resulted in a fight that later degenerated as other Okada riders pounced on David and his friends.

They beat them up till they became unconscious and later burnt David. His friends are however being treated in a hospital.

Lagos Begins Rehabilitation Programme For Sex Offenders

Officials of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency pose for a group photograph during a visit to the Ikoyi Prison.

 

In a bid to curb sexual and gender-based violence, the Lagos State Government has begun the provision of psychological support for willing sex offenders.

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, who disclosed this on Sunday via a statement, said the DSVA was carrying out the rehabilitation programme in partnership with the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos State Command, and the Institute of Counselling of Nigeria.

“It is aimed at mitigating the risk of recidivism by sex offenders. It is imperative that incarcerated adult sex offenders are rehabilitated and supported to reduce the possibility of them perpetrating the same crime if eventually they are reintegrated into the society,” the statement partly read.

READ ALSO: How Justice Mary Odili Saved My Political Career – Wike

Providing psycho-social support, she stated, was in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to providing a holistic response to sexual and gender-based violence in the state.

According to her, the programme was targeted at convicts from the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Kirikiri, Apapa, and Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi.

The programme, which is held in sessions and groups, is facilitated by a group of trained psychologists from DSVA and the Institute of Counselling on weekly basis.

According to her, inmates are expected to take responsibility for their actions and be enlightened on healthy sexuality.

“Furthermore, inmates are armed with peer and professional support to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours that lead to inappropriate sexual behaviours.

“The inmates would also learn specialised strategies to deal with sexual addiction and sexually compulsive behaviours, among many other positive coping skills.

“While the rehabilitation programme does not offer amnesty or excuse abusive acts, it seeks to reduce any reoccurrence of child sexual abuse and rape cases from sex convicts in future,” she said.

Akwa Ibom Govt Denies Udom Blocking Atiku’s Meeting With PDP Delegates

A photo combination of Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel and Atiku Abubakar.

 

The Akwa Ibom Government has debunked claims suggesting that Governor Udom Emmanuel is blocking Atiku Abubakar, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant from meeting delegates.

In a statement, the Commissioner for Information, In Ememobong, said the governor is not barring the former vice president from meeting with the party’s faithful.

READ ALSO: 2023 Primaries: APC Inaugurates Screening Committees In Abuja

“The news item with the above heading surfaced on the media space, alleging that Governor Udom Emmanuel barred Alh. Atiku Abubakar from meeting with delegates. It also went on to make a lot of spurious allegations, laced with foul and profane language. Nothing can be farther from the truth as this,” the statement partly read.

“The said news is totally incompatible with the known accommodating disposition of the Governor. The truth is that the Governor who has been in communication and contact with all other Presidential Aspirants(Atiku Abubakar inclusive) was informed that the former Vice President will be visiting on Monday, 16th May 2022 to meet with delegates and thereafter see him (Gov. Emmanuel)by 4 pm, a proposal that was unhesitatingly accepted.

“It is therefore pure mischief for anyone to insinuate that the Governor is preventing Alhaji Abubakar from seeing delegates. Other Presidential Aspirants have visited the party in Akwa Ibom without a hitch, so why would Atiku’s be different?

“In the light of current circumstances surrounding Atiku’s media posture, especially online, we will like to discard the news item as not coming from them and not having the authorization of the presidential aspirant himself, especially since the allegation is not personally signed off and is not posted on any of his verified social media accounts.

“We urge the entire public to discountenance the fake news and treat it as an act of mischief of the highest order. Our delegates and team are waiting to receive the aspirant on the agreed date and time.”

Ahead of the PDP’s presidential primary, Atiku has been scheduled to meet with the PDP delegates in the oil-rich state on Monday.

ASUU Strike: FG Working On A Funding Structure For Public Universities – Nwajiuba

ASUU logo and Minister of State for Education, Nwajiuba.

 

The Federal Government is working on a funding structure for public universities in the country as part of moves to tackle the incessant strikes by lecturers in these institutions. 

This is according to the former Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba who noted that the government’s funding of public universities is unsustainable.

“I have proposed, and the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) will continue discussing this with Mr President, a new scheme in which universities have a different way of earning money to be able to care for themselves,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election maintained that with the number of public universities in the country, these schools have to get new ways of making money to fund their institutions.

“Because you see, there are only 50 of these federal universities and there are 200 others. However, these 50 alone are more than 75 percent of the number of students in the entire university structure – about 2.2m of them,” he argued.

“So, it is important we give them a funding structure; we need to bring a funding structure to the table because this coming hand-in-cap to the Federal Government at all times cannot be continued and is not sustainable.”

Nwajiuba, who last week resigned his position in the cabinet to concentrate on his presidential dream, said “this (a new funding structure) is something I would implement if you give me your mandate to be president.

“I know that even if it is not implemented now, the universities autonomy law needs to be reactivated.”