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Politics In The Week; Josmat Jerry



As we welcome the 12th and last month of the year 2020, its been same story in the Nigeria scene with the security challenge all across the country a matter that shake heads. The Borno killings of 43 rice farmers sums up bundles of pregnant words that really question the security stand of the nation even though its been overtime off beat. NANS, during the week, also got itself a new ‘global’ president through an ‘underlined’ election. Here is a brief recap of the week’s (29/11 – 05/12/2020) top political actions.

SENATE CONFIRMS MAHMOOD YAKUBU AS INEC CHAIRMAN
The Senate has confirmed Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about a week after President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for confirmation. The confirmation is said to be for a second and final term. Kabiru Gaya, chairman of the senate committee on INEC, said Mr Mahmood was found suitable for the position, with no petition of incriminatory report against him.

25M NIGERIANS TO OWN 5M SOLAR SYSTEM AT N4,000 MONTHLY
The 25m estimated Nigerians that will benefit from the Federal Government’s Solar Home Systems that commences during the week will be expected to pay N4,000 monthly, this was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Sunday, November 29. The installation of the solar home systems is in continuation of the implementation of the government’s Economic Sustainability Plan.

KILLINGS: SECURITY CHALLENGES BEYOND MILITARY – FAYEMI
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has said security challenges are beyond the Nigerian military. Fayemi noted that soldiers are overwhelmed and needed support to tackle the security situation affecting many parts of the country – insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, and armed robbery. He said what happened in Borno State is by far beyond imagination and a massacre that no one could come to terms easily.

FG RAISES PANEL TO RENEGOTIATE 1999 AGREEMENTS WITH ASUU, OTHERS
Federal Government on Wednesday, December 2 inaugurated committee to renegotiate the agreements it had with University – based unions in 1999. The government’s team is chaired by Emeritus Professor Munzali Jubril. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), approved the reconstituted Federal Government Team for the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreements.

EMIR OF KANO SEEKS FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, on Wednesday, December 2 suggested exchange of ideas in tackling contemporary challenges facing youths in the country. The Emir who spoke in Ile Ife during a visit to Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said through cross fertilization of ideas, solutions to challenges of education, employment and social development among the youth would be found. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi also summon traditional rulers to make youth development and capacity a priority in order to create a great future for Nigeria.

SSANU WARNS AGAINST UNJUST SHARING OF N40BN EARNED ALLOWANCES
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has asked the Federal Government to ensure a fair sharing of the N40 billion earned allowances approved for the university unions. It said the government should ensure that the money passes through the universities’ council which it said had the template of sharing formula.

BORNO KILLINGS: BUHARI HELPLESS, SECURITY HAS COLLAPSED – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has said it has said it has become clear that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress regime he leads have become helpless as the nation’s security diminishes. The statement released read, “The PDP condemns in the strongest terms the brutal beheading of 43 innocent farmers by insurgents in Zambariba, Borno State. The party describes the act as extremely wicked, devilish and must not be left unaddressed. The PDP also noted that the killings is a sign of failure on the current administration.”

SUNDAY DARE ASEFON EMERGES AS NANS PRESIDENT
Mr Sunday Dare Asefon emerged the new ‘global’ president of the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) amidst sporadic shootings that rocked the contest. Asefon, who is a 48-year-old postgraduate diploma (PGD) student of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), in Ado-Ekiti. Asefon polled 15 votes to be declared winner of the contest ahead of Momodu, 11 votes; Champion, 2 votes; Alopay, 7 votes and Ladoja, 100 votes while 7 of the votes were declared invalid in the contest.

BUHARI HAS FAILED TO SECURE NIGERIANS – SENATE
The Senate took a strong exception towards the Borno Killings of farmers by Boko Haram insurgents. It castigated President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for failing to secure Nigerians and calls for urgent measures to restructure the security model. The Senate said insurgents are now in charge of governance in major rural areas, collecting levies, killing and abducting citizens at will.

WE ARE STILL CONSULTING – ASUU PRESIDENT
The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has said it is still consulting on what its reply will be to the offers the Federal Government made for it to end its eight-month-old strike. He stated that the consultation is with members across the country and other critical stakeholders.

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