Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and stakeholders in the education sector in Ogun State, have resolved to work for, canvass and mobilize votes for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the February 16 general election.
The lecturers made the resolve after holding a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South) and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel at the Political Academy in Sagamu.
Representatives of all the tertiary institutions in Ogun attended this meting.
The Academics who took turns to speak, lamented what they called “the lack of direction of both the present state and federal governments especially as it relates to education development”.
The lecturers say the political class has pauperized the people, causing them to sway their votes with little inducements, resulting in the election of incompetent leaders.
They also lamented the state of education in Ogun and how institutions of higher learning are starved of funds with accumulated salaries and allowances going unpaid for months.
Lauding the restructuring agenda of Atiku juxtaposed with “his commitment to create jobs for the teeming masses”, the lecturers say the candidate’s policies will take Nigeria out of the woods and put the country back on track.
“Atiku’s promise of restructuring the nation and provision of jobs for the unemployed are key to a nation’s development and the academia is ready to lend their weight behind the PDP candidate in order not to have a repeat of the 2015 scenario. We are on the same page with Atiku and whatever we do, we do it well”, one lecturer said.
Otunba Daniel thereafter assured the lecturers of Atiku’s undying passion for restructuring. “It should be noted that Atiku has been talking incessantly about restructuring for the past years and already has the blueprint as encapsulated in his compendium of speeches”.
Atiku, Jonathan and Daniel in consultative talks (Atiku campaign)
Restructuring, he stressed, is all about decentralization so that power is not concentrated in the centre while impoverishing the states and local governments.
“The challenge we have is that we have to rise up and say enough is enough of the present government”, Daniel said.
The meeting, Daniel said, was timely and in the utmost interest of the people so that “we don’t miss out in the forthcoming dispensation.
“The coming election will be a defining moment in the political history of our country. Buhari has failed in all his cardinal programmes of improving the economy, provision of adequate security and fighting corruption. He has instead been playing politics with corruption. We cannot perform experiment with the presidency. This is not about Buhari but about the future of the country. The question is if we want the status quo to remain or if we want a change,” he added.
A strike that has lasted forever
University lecturers have been on a strike since November 4, 2018, following a break down in talks between ASUU and the federal government.
A nationwide ASUU strike that has paralyzed tertiary education in Nigeria has now entered its 62nd day.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is President Buhari’s major challenger ahead of the February 16 vote.
71 other candidates are also vying for the number one job in Africa’s largest economy.
DSS is plotting a fresh charge against Sowore – Falana
Femi Falana, lead Counsel of embattled #RevolutionNow convener Omoyele Sowore has alleged that the Nigerian government is plotting a fresh charge against his client whose bail conditions was perfected last week.
Recall that the DSS had previously claimed that they refused to release Omoyele Sowore because no one came for him. However after lawyers, supporters and family members of the activist showed up at DSS headquarters in Abuja on Saturday November 9, the media personality who is facing charges of treason and insulting President Buhari was still not released.
Speaking at a Channels TV programme on Monday November 11, Femi Falana said Sowore is yet to be released because the Nigerian government wants to extend his detention.The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also claimed that he was reliably informed that the DSS is looking for new evidence to ensure they further detain the #RevolutionNow convener.
“I was reliably informed last night by a security official that the government was currently fishing for evidence,” he said.
“An attempt is being made to file a fresh charge on Tuesday so that there will be an excuse that ‘we are arraigning them in court, hence we are unable to release them’.
“If you recall, that was what was done when Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted Sowore bail on September 24. For a whole week, the order of the court was flouted. And then, of course, on September 30, he was arraigned together with Olawale Bakare. We are ready for them.”
Sowore’s lead counsel further stated that they will be filing contempt charges against DSS Director-General Yusuf Bichi, following the secret police’s refusal to release the media personality even after perfecting his bail conditions.
Falana also accused the Nigerian government of obeying only foreign court orders but disobeying orders issued by courts in the country. He backed his claim by pointing out that the FG hurriedly obeyed a British Court order to pay the sum of £250,000 cost to a foreign firm, Process and Industrial Development as condition to appeal a controversial $9.6bn judgment.
“The Federal Government has alleged that the controversial judgment debt of $9.6bn was obtained fraudulently by P & ID. But the commercial court in London recently ordered Nigeria to pay £250,000 within 14 days as a precondition for filing an appeal against the judgment.
“The said sum of £250,000 has since been paid to P & ID in strict compliance with the orders of Her Majesty’s High Court in London.
“But since national security takes precedence over the rule of law at home, the orders of the Federal High Court for the immediate release of Messrs Sowore and Bakare have been brazenly disobeyed by the State Security Service” he said.
Raheem Sterling dropped by England after trying to grab Joe Gomez by the neck
Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has been dropped from England’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro after a physical confrontation with Liverpool’s defender Joe Gomez.
According to several reports, Sterling attempted to grab Gomez by the neck following his arrival in the players’ canteen at St George’s Park on Monday, just a day after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City.
Witnesses said they heard him ask the Liverpool defender whether he was “still the big man.”
For Sterling’s part in the bust-up, FA confirmed in a statement that Sterling is not going to play any part against Montenegro on Thursday. Although, the 24-year-old will remain with the squad.
‘The FA can confirm Raheem Sterling will not be considered for Thursday’s EURO 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as a result of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park today,’ a statement read. ‘He will remain with the squad.’
Sterling is understood to have apologised to Gomez and the entire England squad after the altercation.
He also took address the bust-up with Joe Gomez: ‘We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me,’ he posted. ‘Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.’
All Colour Awards To Hold December 1st In Lagos
All Colour Awards (ACA), the anticipated unusual “made in Nigeria” annual event with limitless imagination, will bring together top players in different sectors of the Nigerian economy at the reputable Abelinis Hub – 1, Erinola Salako Street, Behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
The talk about town event will assemble different top players in various sectors under one roof to foster unity and is also positioned to propel winners beyond known boundaries.
The awards night, which will kick off with the Red Carpet by 2p.m and the Event Proper by 4p.m has been packaged for the Nigerian organizations right down to the selected recipients for the exclusive maiden edition. It is also an important meeting and avenue place for the industry watchers to get engaged with who-is-who in different sectors in Nigeria and beyond through ACA, an unfolding success to beat and copy.
“We are focused on high octane media programme, which will further increase the importance of the event, and eventually create consumer empathy for the participants, recipients and players in various industries” says Kanbi Owolabi, the Executive Producer of All Colour Awards in Nigeria.
Checks revealed that the objective of the advisory board and resource team is not to organize just an award but a memorable event that will help the recipients gain strong recognition and consumer empathy as a veritable platform for awardees to leverage and increase their perception profile.
For the records, the All Colour Awards (ACA) project is an exclusive event arranged to unite and amplify Nigeria’s top businesses, connect creativity brands, achievers’ excellence and reward by honouring and promoting the reputable individuals, organizations and brands that have secured high patronage and consumer rating in their respective categories.
The awards categories for the maiden exclusive edition are: Entertainment, Telecommunications, Advertising, Real Estate, Public Service, Banking, Oil & Gas, Hotels/Tourism, Media, Fashion & Style, Insurance, FCMG/Manufacturing, Gaming & Sports, Automobiles, Legal Practitioners and Lifetime Achievements.
The organizers promise an extra merry moments at the All Colour Gig popularly known as the ‘After Party’ for all the recipients/winners, participants and the special guests at a unique lounge to be disclosed at the event venue.
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