President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday offered the clearest sign yet that his administration was in no haste to resolve the three-month-old strike by university lecturers, calling their demands “politicized” and urging the lecturers to return to work for the sake of the students.
On his fifth presidential media chat on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, the president said the nation’s bitter politics had crept into the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and was responsible for the refusal of the lecturers to suspend their action despite the government’s effort.
“In the past, they did not go this far when strikes were called off; but now politics has gone into everything,” the president said. He did not elaborate when pressed further by a five-member interview panel on his claim about ASUU demands being politicized.
Mr. Jonathan said his administration had made concessions for the strike to be resolved, and has demonstrated remarkable commitment to addressing the massive infrastructure in the universities, one of the key demands ASUU has made.
He said the lecturers have refused to accept the government’s explanations that broad range reforms cannot be achieved instantly.
“ASUU strike is very very unfortunate,” Mr Jonathan, himself a former lecturer, said. He said crisis in education, in developing countries would always continue.
The president said the biggest indication to his government’s commitment to such reforms was the decision to catalogue the perennial rot afflicting all the universities.
“Throughout this time, no government has taken inventory of all the problems in federal and state universities,” the president said. “We said this must change. But it cannot change overnight. So for ASUU to go on strike over infrastructure, they need to understand that we are serious about intervening starting with N100 billion.”
The president’s remarks on the strike was his first since lecturers downed tools in June, asking for improved pay and better funding for universities. They vowed not to resume until the government fully implements the last agreement both sides reached in 2009.
The lecturers have vowed not to accept partial implementation of the agreement, with multiple intervention by the Senate and the House of Representatives stalemated.
The government said the challenges of improved funding requires more time, and claims it has made concessions by providing initial funding.
As the negotiations deadlock, millions of students have remained stranded at home with each claim of quick resolution to the crisis turning out unrealistic.
Mr Jonathan’s comments on Sunday provided the strongest indication yet, that, save a change in decision, students will remain at home longer as the crisis stretches without a resolution.
Asked specifically what the way forward would be for the strike, the president said he was calling on the lecturers to resume work for the sake of the Nigerian children and to realize that the government was committed to improving education.
He said the 2009 agreement which ASUU has harped upon, was negotiated by officials incapable for such a responsibility as the agreement was “not implementable”.
“Even if we have all the money in the world we cannot change things overnight,” he said. “The members of ASUU are our brothers and sisters, they should look at these young people and look at the commitment of govt.”
Nigeria used to be synonymous with corruption just a few years ago. Unscrupulous leaders pilfered the national coffers and stashed away billions of dollars in foreign bank accounts. By some estimates close to US $400 billion was stolen between 1960 and 1999. Sani Abacha alone is estimated to have stolen the equivalent of 2 – 3 per cent of the country’s GDP for every year that he was President.
That is a staggering – almost “astronomical” – amount of money because if you were to put 400 billion dollar bills end-to-end, you could make 75 round trips to the moon!Concretely, those 400 billion dollars could have translated into millions of vaccinations for children; thousands of kilometres of roads; hundreds of schools, hospitals and water treatment facilities that never came to be.
But Nigeria is fighting back. It has waged a war against inefficiency and endemic corruption and today it is winning. There is nothing short of a “corruption climate change” in the air.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) led by fearless “crime-buster” Nuhu Ribaduis the most successful anti-corruption agency in Africa and is setting an example to the rest of the world.It is enhancing good governance and financial accountability while helping reduce fraud, waste and corruption.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, but its natural resources make it particularly vulnerable to corruption. The oil-rich Niger Delta is a case in point.Corruption deters much-needed foreign investment, which keeps countries mired in poverty and its people deprived. Huge revenues from oil or gas reserves mean low taxes, but also low accountability and a lack of transparency, as well as limited public services. The EFCC is an initiative that could help reduce vulnerability to corruption, bad governance and poverty caused by greed for lucrative oil wealth and plough that money back where it is needed – in social and economic development programmes.
Last week, at the Nigerian All Judges Conference held in Abuja, UNODC assessed Nigeria’s track record over the last seven years in important areas, such as improving the quality of justice, especially for the poor, and strengthening integrity, accountability and independence in the judiciary. It found that Nigeria had taken bold steps to remove corrupt justice officials and staff. Nigeria is making strides in improving citizens’ access to justice.
Such efforts are starting to show significant results. In three states that have established pilot programmes, public confidence has increased as bribery and political influence decrease. For example, whereas in 2002, prisoners in remand waited more than 30 months before their trial concluded, in 2007 the wait was down to less than 12 months. In 2002 more than 40% of court users were asked for bribes to expedite their court cases – in 2007 it were less than 10 per cent. And most importantly, while in 2002 more than 40 per cent of court users claimed that they would not use the courts again, in 2007 only 20 per cent shared that view.
Nigeria’s anti-graft war is proving that there are no sacred cows left when it comes to tackling corruption. That sends a strong message of hope across the continent and beyond.
This is to inform all 2013/2014 prospective students of the University of Ilorin, who participated in the post UTME screening that UNILORIN merit/first batch admission list has been released.
Although the university had, through the website of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, published her admission status check last month, students can now access the admission status direct from the school website.
If you participated in the admission screening test, check your name on the merit list via UNILORIN website now at http://uilugportal.unilorin.edu.ng/putme_login.php.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into full-time diploma programmes of the institute of public administration and Extension Services, University of Benin for the 2013/2014 session.
DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES (duration 1 year)
(i) Diploma in Health Administration and Management (DHAM)
(ii) Diploma in Nursing Administration and Management (DNAM)
(iii) Diploma in Primary Health Care and Statistics (DPHCS)
For details download the entire advertisement at http://www.uniben-kofa.waeup.org
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Candidates should visit the website http://www.uniben- kofa.waeup.org
And click on Application to initiate their online application process by printing application fee slip of the sum of N10000.00 and then proceed to any Commercial bank of their choice at the Ugbowo Campus to make payment through Interswitch platform. Thereafter, candidates are expected to go back for the same website to complete their application online.
Candidates should ensure that forms are clearly filled with all information required on or before 30th November, 2013. Any Application Form not properly filled will not be treated.
The management of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba recently approved the expulsion of 28 students for alleged involvement in examination malpractice and cultism.
Information reaching Myorbit revealed that the students listed for expulsion comprise of some HND and ND students.
Shun examination malpractice and cultism!
The SHELL SPDC scholarship award scheme is open to students undergoing undergraduate education programme in all tertiary institution in Nigeria in both polytechnics and universities.
Applicants must have been admitted in the 2012/2013 academic year.
To apply for the SHELL scholarship 2013, follow this link http://www.shell.com.ng/environment-society/shell-in-the-society/education-programmes/students/scholarships/university-scholarship/online-applications/scholarship-application.html to complete your application
Deadline: Application closes 30th October, 2013.
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The Delta North branch of Crusaders- a Political Pressure Group fighting for sustenance of good governance and for Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to be Governor in the state, held its meeting at Ika National Hall last Friday with the goal of unifying Anioma People in common interest of the people.
While appreciating the people for attending the meeting, Hon. Ifeanyi Eboigbe urged them to work in unity and maintain peace and order, and also approach those not working with them, to be the laudable programme.
“We have to come and work because the person we are working for is not a hidden person, do not pass judgement on those not working with us but approach them to make them see reasons why Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa should be the next Governor of the State. Let us not create enemity so we can work in peace, when he emerges governor, it will before all”, he said.
Hon. Eboigbe remarked that the primary assignment of the group is to ensure there is spirit of oneness among them without fraction geared towards achieving victory and also on the need to have a structure from the unit level.
Chief Douglas Okolotu noted that the essence of political game is to have a political belief that Delta North must produce the next governor.
“The person we want is Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, he will be there to look after our affairs, so go home and begin to work and do not discriminate others canvassing for Okowa as next governor 2015”, he said.
Elder John Nwagimeje described Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as a discipline man, humble and one who realizes that power belongs to the people. “Okowa is a household name, he is grassroot mobilizer, he is not tribalistic, and his time is now”, he noted.
While commending Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his contributions to the General Hospital, Agbor, Elder Nwagimeje further stated that Dr. Okowa understands the people very well and that Deltans will have reasons to smile when he emerges the next governor in 2015.
Dignitaries at the event were; Hon. Hilary Fada Ibude,Hon. Sunny Ogwu, Jude Onya, Dr. Mafiana, Leaders of various LGs among others
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