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Nigerian Students Back ASUU Over Half Salaries

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Nigerian Students Back ASUU Over Half Salaries

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South-West zone, has kicked against the reported half salaries being paid to lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by the Federal Government.

NANS, in a statement by its SW zone, obtained on Thursday, and signed by its Coordinator, deputy Coordinator and Public Relations Officer; Adegboye Olatunji, Alao John and Awoyinfa Opeoluwa respectively, said the Federal Government had failed to prioritise education under the present administration.

NANS said paying half salaries to lecturers was capable of dampening the morale of lecturers, which in turn, will affect the students.

“The actions, inactions and body language of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) led administration have left us with no doubt regarding the low priority son education under this government.

“And like the proverbial King who reigned during a period of widespread discomfort, the degeneration and acute deterioration experienced in the educational sector will not be forgotten in a hurry by Nigerians.

Just as Nigerian students are finally able to smile after the suspension of an eight-month-long ASUU strike, the Federal Government in their usual retrogressive inclinations has deemed it ‘wise’ to pay half salaries to members of ASUU. This ill-advised action, if allowed to stand, will not only set a bad precedence, but ruin the already tattered morale of our lecturers and further weaken the already debilitated trust between the said union and the government,” NANS said.

NANS said ASUU only suspended its eight-month industrial action in obedience to the National Industrial Court and the intervention of some well-meaning individuals.

“Ironically, those directly appointed and being paid from our commonwealth to oversee education andlLabour matters namely; Mallam Adamu Adamu (the Minister for Education); Dr. Chris Ngige ( the Minister of Labour and Employment); and Festus Keyamo (the Minister of State for Labour and Employment) made meagre contributions to the development.

“As a matter of fact, we have it on good record that Ngige particularly was willing to crash the entire sector just to bring ASUU on its knees and massage his own fragile ego.

“From all indications, if drastic measures aren’t taken, the Federal Government and its overpaid employee; Ngige seems ready to bury the entire educational sector,” the students said.

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Emefiele Should Be Arrested, New Naira A Recipe For Chaos – FFK

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Emefiele Should Be Arrested, New Naira A Recipe For Chaos - FFK

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, has demanded that Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, be placed under arrest.

The Nigerian lawyer said as much in a tweet, stating that the CBN governor opposes democracy, introducing fresh naira notes to create disaster.

FFK tweeted; “Let me make this clear. Emefiele has NO intention of releasing new naira notes until March. He wants people to suffer, he wants chaos & he wants to scuttle the election. He is a dangerous pawn in the hands of sinister anti-democratic forces. Remove, arrest & detain him NOW!”

READ ALSO: Buhari Vows To End Naira Scarcity, Sets Deadline

Remember that the Central Bank of Nigeria declared on October 26, 2022, that the 200, 500, and 1,000 notes will be redesigned.

The new naira notes will start to circulate starting on December 15, 2022, and will be used alongside the current notes until the CBN’s deadline of January 31, 2023, according to the statement made by the bank’s governor, Godwin Emefiele.

As a result of the efforts to replace the country’s paper money with newly produced currency notes, there is a shortage of cash, which prevents citizens from purchasing essentials and forces businesses across the country to close.

The resulting effect was caused by commercial banks not having enough new cash to distribute to customers, as the process of replacing the old currency notes was hurried which led to cash scarcity.

CBN further extended the deadline for the expiration of the old notes till February 10th, as the Apex bank also instructed Commercial Banks to begin issuing the newly designed naira notes to customers over the counter.

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CBN Directs Banks To Pay New Notes Over-The-Counter

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CBN Directs Banks To Pay New Notes Over-The-Counter

Commercial Banks in Nigeria have been directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to begin issuing the newly designed naira notes to customers over the counter.

CBN announced in a press release that the latest directive was intended to ease the difficulties Nigerians are having accessing the new notes and to shorten lines at ATMs.

Part of the CBN’s press release read; “While reiterating our commitment to Nigerians to ensure the effective distribution of the newly introduced Naira banknotes, we urge them to exercise patience as the CBN is working assiduously to address the challenge of queues at ATMs.

READ ALSO: CBN Extends Deadline For Old Naira Notes

“In line with this resolve, the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has directed deposit money banks (DMBs) to commence the payment of the redesigned Naira notes over the counter, subject to a maximum daily payout limit of N20,000.

“We also admonish members of the public to embrace and adopt other payment channels for their transactions. The Naira is our legal tender and symbol of national pride. Therefore, let us
respect it and handle it with care.”

Nigerians were also warned by the apex bank not to disrespect the Naira at social gatherings or face arrest by law enforcement.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) further states that it is working with the Nigeria Police, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to combat the unpatriotic behavior.

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Buhari Vows To End Naira Scarcity, Sets Deadline

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President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to eliminate the cash shortage that has persisted since the introduction of the new Naira.

Buhari, who admitted being aware of the problem brought on by his administration’s implementation of the cashless policy, stated that he had convened with a group of governors to come up with a solution within the next seven days.

He said; “I am aware of the cash shortages and hardship being faced by people and businesses, on account of the Naira redesign. I want to assure that we are doing everything to resolve these issues. Nigerians should expect significant improvements between now and the February 10 deadline.

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“I met with a delegation of Governors today, on the matter. All the complaints about the execution of the currency change are being seriously looked into. I will ensure that everything is resolved in a lasting manner, and we will all enjoy the long-term benefits of the decision.”

As a result of the Buhari administration’s efforts to replace the country’s paper money with newly produced currency notes, there is a shortage of cash, which prevents citizens from purchasing essentials and forces businesses across the country to close.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the redesigned 200, 500, and 1,000-naira bills as well as new restrictions on large cash withdrawals would help prevent money laundering.

However, because commercial banks don’t have enough new cash to distribute to customers, the process of replacing the old currency notes is hurried which has led to a shortage of cash.

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