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We Will Not Resume Work Until Strike Demands Are Met’ – ASUU

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Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) Said We Will Not Resume Work Until Strike Demands Are Met’

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Wednesday said it will not resume academic activities until its demands for embarking on industrial action are met before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The union added though, it is not opposed to calling for reopening of universities in the country.

However, the union asked Nigerians to “honestly interrogate this position.”

Speaking with reporters in Ilorin, Coordinator, Ibadan zone of ASUU Prof Ade Adejumo said “even if universities are opened today, our strike which was predicated on government’s readiness to honour its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with us continues.

“It is our responsibility to call the government’s attention to its duties to the nation and its citizens, this we have done and there is no going back.

Ibadan zone of ASUU comprises the University of Ibadan (UI), University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Osun State University (UniOsun), Kwara State University (KWASU), and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

He said that “throwing schools open in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic is an open invitation to a tragic explosion of the scourge on a scale never witnessed anywhere since its outbreak!”


Adejumo noted that there have been agitations from some quarters for the government to re-open schools, especially by proprietors of private universities, saying that the lives of students should not be endangered for pecuniary gains.

“Has the Nigerian government met the NCDC criteria on COVID- 19 protocol in our institutions? Must we endanger the lives of our children for pecuniary gains? Should the primary issue on life and death be used on profit matter? COVID-19 is still very much with us. It is in recognition of this fact that the government itself has rolled out certain conditions to be met before schools are re-opened.

“How many of our public institutions can confidently vouch for the safety of our children given the available facilities such as: provision of running water for handwashing; social distancing among students; the use of recommended face masks and shields, which are key components of NCDC protocols? A situation where a room meant for four now houses 20 students cannot be said to be social-distancing compliant. Our position, as a responsible Union on all these is that; throwing schools open in the midst of all these, is an open invitation to the tragic explosion of the COVID-19 scourge on a scale never witnessed anywhere since its outbreak! When this happens, Nigerians will not say that they were never warned,” he said.

The ASUU also said that members of the union would not resume work should the government reopen universities, saying, “Our strike action which was predicated on governments’ readiness to honour its MOA with us continues, even if the universities are opened today. It is our responsibility to call governments’ attention to its duties to the nation and its citizens; this we have done and there is no going back.

“In spite of the government’s attempt to blackmail ASUU for going on strike while coronavirus ravages the nation, it is instructive to put it on record that, the strike at that point in time was the most patriotic and pragmatic action for the Union to embark on. One would have thought that the government would use the opportunity of the lockdown to address the issues in contention with ASUU. Surprisingly, the government was carrying on as if the problems no longer exist. As we speak, the government has not called ASUU for discussion.



“Nigerians should note that IPPIS, though not part of our initial charter of demands, has been elevated to the status of the main issue by the government. Even at that, the Union has met the Government’s challenge for ASUU to develop an alternative platform that will take care of the peculiarities of the University system. To this end, we have developed and presented UTAS well ahead of the 18 months period that we promised while still addressing the problem of corruption as being touted by the government.

“This platform which is more comprehensive and robust than IPPIS was developed by our team of experts completely using our resources. This is another indication that speaks to the ability of Nigerian academics to further solve societal problems if given the requisite funding and enabling environment.

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Oyo state order the closing of schools due to danger of the #END SARS PROTEST.

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This is to inform all parents and guidance that there will be no school till announcement from state Government.
Also if our area is not safe, pls call the principal to make arrangement on how to pick up the students today. Thanks
School Management.

SSS 3 students should listen to news as regards the Neco exam for tomorrow’s paper. If their is no information, then they are to leave their respective homes as soon as possible.

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Protesters Launch Soro Soke Online Radio

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‘Soro Soke’ is a Yoruba statement which means ‘Speak upThe establishment of Soro Soke radio by the #EndSARS protesters is urging everyone to speak up, air their views and grievances against any unjust systemSoro Soke radio which has gone live will also serve as a platform to report missing persons.

Soro Soke radio can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen

The protest began to fight the wrongs of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerians took to social media to commend the establishment of the online radio.

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Akwa Ibom Youths Give FG Seven Days Ultimatum To Take Over Zamfara Gold

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The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.

Akwa Ibom Youths under the auspices of Young Democratic Movement (YDM), and South South Youth Assembly have given the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to take over the gold in Zamfara state currently controlled by the state government.

The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.


They noted that the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that mines and minerals including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas in states are exclusively under the control of the Federal Government, and wondered why the FG has not taken over the gold in Zamfara.

They described the action of Zamfara state governor as an act of lawlessness and impunity, and called on the Executive and Legislative arm of government to rise up against it.

They stated that failure of the FG to take over the mineral resources found in Zamfara state would force them to embark on a nationwide protest and call out youths in the country to join.

The groups further demanded an upward review of the derivation funds paid to Niger Delta states saying oil-producing states were not actually paid the 13 percent.

“That both the Executive and the Legislative arm of the Federal Government should rise against this act of lawlessness and impunity from the perpetrators of the sale of Zamfara Gold.Details of both past and present gold or other mineral sales should be made public and proceeds should be shared among all the states as in the case of Oil derivatives from the Niger Delta region.

“The Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly should revisit the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states as oil-producing states are fed below the 13% derivation.

“Failure to upwardly review the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states, the Federal Government must allow Niger Delta to directly sell her oil just as the recent case of Zamfara gold bar.

“We give the Federal Government up till Saturday, October 24, 2020 to give a robust and satisfactory response to our demands else the Youths of Niger Delta shall on Tuesday, October 26, 2020 embark on a Nationwide protest drawing the attention of the international community to this terrible situation. We must warn that we will not leave the streets until our demands are met,” the group stated.

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