Strike: ASUU Begins Consultation On Next Move
The National Strike Organising Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has met to decide on the way forward concerning the ongoing strike by the union.
The committee is made up of senior officials of the union.
This is as our correspondent learnt that zonal meetings will commence by the end of the week after which branches would go ahead with congresses.
A member of the union’s National Executive Council, who did not want his name in print because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, disclosed this to The PUNCH.
“The National Strike Organising Committee will meet today (Wednesday), after which zonal meetings will commence this weekend and then congresses will be held.
“From there, information will be passed to our members on the next development; the president alone cannot decide, there are processes,” he said.
Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, urged Nigerian students not to vote for politicians who have their children studying in institutions outside the country.
Osodeke spoke on a Twitter Space Webinar organised by Premium Times and tagged, ‘ASUU strike, Revitalisation Fund, and the Way Forward.’
“Anybody you believe cannot take care of your interests, whose children are busy studying abroad, who are living abroad, don’t vote for them.
“I repeat, you don’t need to vote for them, because you don’t vote for people who will take your life,” he said.
Chaos and Confusion Trail the introduction of Nigerian ‘Brown Card’
There is currently chaos and confusion over the hurried introduction of “Brown Card”, a new document for permanent residency for foreigners in Nigeria by the immediate past government.
The innovation, which was announced by the former minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, was packaged without the input of relevant agencies and stakeholders. Aregbesola made the announcement at the conferral ceremony for 385 foreigners.
However, there has been apprehension and confusion since the introduction as stakeholders are querying the hurried nature of the new policy. These worries revolve around the execution, and the intention of this policy. A source close to the new administration disclosed that the policy is being reviewed.
Currently, there are reports of unscrupulous ISIS characters using the back door routes with ECOWAS passports from countries such as Guinea Bissau thronging through West Africa. Who can key into this Brown Card.
It would be recalled that towards the twilight of the previous administration, many policies and bills were signed which are expected to benefit Nigerians in the long run. However, this is one of those policies that is being revisited by the new administration to ensure that the interest of Nigeria, overrides the interest of a few.
Police Nab 2 Over OAU Student’s Death
Two persons said to be members of the Awo Hall Executives have been arrested by the police, following the death of a 500 Level student of the Civil Engineering Department at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Ahize Okoli.
Okoli was reportedly beaten to death by a mob on suspicion that he stole a mobile phone.
Sources on the campus said the student was accused of stealing a mobile phone in Awo Hall on Monday and after he had been severely beaten, he was moved to the Students Union Building in the early hours of Tuesday where he remained till around noon.
It was further learnt that because of the beating he received, Okoli’s health deteriorated and he was rushed to the OAU Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, where he was confirmed dead Tuesday afternoon.
The Osun State Police Command, while giving an update on the incident on Wednesday, described the two people detained as student leaders.
The command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, who spoke to journalists, said, “Investigation into the incident will continue and justice would be served. We have arrested two student leaders in connection with the incident.”
Also speaking, the university’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Abiodun Olarewaju, said the police should be allowed to investigate the matter, adding that the management of the institution would also carry out its investigation.
Olanrewaju said, “The university will not meddle in such a grievous offence. It bothers on the criminality of murder.
“So, let the police do their job and we will do our own here. We are going ahead with our investigation.”
EKSU Shut Over Students’ Protest
The authorities of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State have shut down the institution following protests by students who were demanding a review of late registration fee and other fees levied by the institution.
The students, carrying placards, had, on Tuesday morning, come out in their numbers to protest the fees, which they said were unbearable and amounted to extortion.
The protesting students, who condemned the N5,000 late registration fee imposed on them by the school, blocked the main gates, preventing both students and lecturers from gaining entrance into the university.
The Students’ Union Government Public Relations Officer, Dotun Ogunsanya, who described the fees as an extortion, said, “This is more worrisome especially that we do not enjoy any facility in the school. There has not been power supply within and outside the university premises for many years now.”
EKSU Vice Chancellor, Prof Edward Olanipekun, however, on behalf of the university Senate, approved the suspension of academic activities on the campus for two weeks with effect from Monday.
The Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs, Bode Olofinmuagun, in a statement, directed all students of the university to vacate the campus immediately and should not be seen within the premises for the next two weeks.”