By : Josmat Jerry
Amidst the current struggle of Covid – 19 pandemic aftermath, the nation got hit by a huge recession which has spurred various reactions across length and breath of the country. While the UI VC election is set to put on a new cloth as a new process kick started during the week following some dramatic scenes in past weeks, the ASUU strike looks unofficially off with new positive developments during the week. A recap of the week’s (22/11 – 28/11/2020) major political events is here again, let’s go…
LAUTECH WON’T SUFFER FINANCIAL CRISIS UNDER OYO – MAKINDE
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, will not witness financial crisis, now that it will be financed solely by the state. The Governor added that the university funds had been provided for in the 2021 Appropriation Bill presented to the State House of Assembly. He further expressed that the administration had been funding the University since he came to power.
#EndSARS PROTESTERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS – OKOROCHA
Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has warned against criminalizing of #EndSARS protests embarked upon by youths in the country. He said, “there was no reason to criminalize the protesters in spite of the violence that trailed their demonstrations.” He also noted that the protesters’ demands were in good faith and called on political leaders to embrace them as caring fathers.
SENATE SET TO APPOINT YAKUBU AS INEC BOSS
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) had requested the red chamber to screen and confirm Yakubu for the fresh appointment. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Wednesday, gave the Senator Kabiru Gaya – led INEC panel to screen alongside Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuro who has been in appointment as National Commissioner in the agency.
RECESSION: SERAP ASKS PRESIDENT BUHARI TO REDUCE COST OF GOVERNANCE
A rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accointabiliy Project, has called President Muhammadu Buhari to reduce the cost of governance and ensure transparency and accountability as part of measures to tackle economic recession. The body released statement said transparency and accountability measures would save money, address projected adverse human rights impacts of the recession and fast-track the economy recession process.
FRESH SELECTION PROCESS FOR UI VC BEGINS
The selection process of the Vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan commenced afresh on Wednesday, November 25, with the Senate of the University holding an election to pick two members that will be part of the Joint Council/Senate Representatives to screen applicants interested in becoming the next vice-chancellor of the 72-year-old institution. There was tight security at the Trenchard Hall, the venue of the election with armed operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and members of Operation Burst to prevent disruption of the process.
ABU ATTACKS : REPS URGES FG TO PROTECT UNIVERSITIES, OTHERS
The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, has raised the alarm over a spread of the recent attacks on the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna State to other institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. The House called on the FG to “urgently and without further delay” erect a secure wall round the campuses of the ABU as was done for the University of Maiduguri in Borno State and the Gwagwalada campus of the University of Abuja.
NLC, TUC WALK OUT OF MEETING WITH FG OVER FUEL PRICE HIKE
The Labour unions on Sunday, November 22, walk-out from a meeting called by the Federal Government to resolve issues bordering on recent increases in pump price of petrol and electricity tariff. The representatives of both Union parties left the meeting barely five minutes after it started. TUC President, Quadri Olaleye, accused the FG of dishonesty, playing to the gallery and painting the organized labour in a bad light before civil servants and the public. The meeting is set to reconvene on Monday, November 30.
FG TAGS CNN’S LEKKI SHOOTINGS DOCUMENTARY AS IRRESPONSIBLE
The Federal Government has berated the Cable News Network for its report on the #EndSARS protest in the Lekki area of Lagos. It also said the CNN was not fair in report. The government also demanded an investigation from CNN into the report on the Lekki Tollgate incident to determine, among others its authenticity.
NUC ASKS UI TO APPOINT A NEUTRAL MEMBER AS ACTING VC
To ease tension and avoid a vacuum at the University of Ibadan, the National Universities Commission, NUC, has directed the governing council of the institution to appoint an acting vice-chancellor to take over from the outgoing VC, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, on Monday, November 30. NUC advised that one of the senate members, who is going to be selected as acting VC, must not be one of the 18 aspirants.
ASUU AGRESS TO CALL OFF STRIKE, TO RECEIVE N70bn
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call off its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities since March. The consensus was reached during a meeting with FG representatives on Friday, November 27. The government pledged to pay N70bn which includes N40bn Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system. The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.