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Why Govt Can’t Borrow To Pay Striking ASUU Members – Umahi



Why Govt Can't Borrow To Pay Striking ASUU Members - Umahi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s government cannot borrow funds to pay the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members because university education is not for every Nigerian, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has said.

“University education is not for everybody, and that is the truth,” said the Ebonyi governor.

Umahi added :“The basic education every country strives to attain is secondary school and vocational school. These are the basic schools, and when you have these qualifications, you will be able to use them either to start up something or to be able to use them to be employed.”

The governor stressed that it would be irrational if Buhari approved the borrowing of N1.1 trillion to settle ASUU and end its protracted strike.

“There is no way the country Nigeria will go and borrow N1.1 trillion to meet ASUU’s demands. It’s quite unreasonable,” he insisted.

Umahi, the South-East Governors’ Forum chair, stated this on Wednesday in Abakaliki, where he hosted a delegation from the Nigeria Police Trust Fund led by Ben Akabueze.

However, the Ebonyi governor admitted that ASUU’s demands were “genuine.”

Umahi urged the university union to “show some understanding and for those who are negotiating on the side of the government to also show some understanding.”

READ ALSO: Umahi, Deputy Go To Court, Appeal Against Sacking Verdict

“Let’s meet ourselves halfway and open the schools to save the fate of our children,” Umahi said.

ASUU strike has seen public universities across the country shut down since February, forcing hundreds of thousands of students to be idle at home.

The union said successive governments had failed to implement the agreements reached in 2009.

Among other things, ASUU wants Buhari’s government to adopt the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for paying universities’ staff salaries instead of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System and the payment of academic earned allowance (EAA).

A few days ago, the Nigeria Labour Congress across the country protested in solidarity with ASUU, urging the regime to meet the demands for students to return to classes.


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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
Governor Adeleke

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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