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Of ASUU strike, UNIOSUN management and confused students

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The renewed showdown between the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU ‎and the federal government of Nigeria has become a perpetual unwanted visitor in Nigerian universities for long now. ‎‎
ASUU, perhaps, one of the strongest Unions of intellectuals in the federation has history of grounding academic activities anytime it’s agreement with the government reached dreadlocks. ‎
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As a pressure group of psychoanalysts and ‎fearless individuals it lobby to ensure welfare of its members and protect their interests, advocate for improved educational standard and/or resort to strike to press home its demands. ‎The strike is the ugliest nightmare of varsity managements, parents and students at large especially the graduating class.

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At present, the effect of ASUU strike is eminent across the country. Students have been asked to go to their various homes. But in the Osun State University, Osogbo, Osun State, UNIOSUN, reverse is the case. The strike coincidentally clashed with the second semester examinations in the university. ‎

 

Therefore, the management of the university, led by the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Labode Popoola resolved to go on with the examinations in spite of unbending stand of the academic staff in the university to comply with the strike directive.‎

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UNIOSUN VC Prof.  Labode Popoola

            UNIOSUN VC Prof. Labode Popoola

The management devised means to ensure continuity and completion of the examination, contending that no serious management would close down school because ASUU is on strike and resolved to holding the examinations under the watch of Provost, Deans, Head of Departments, and Technicians across the campuses of the institution. ‎

 

This was however greeted by reactions and frantic actions by members of ASUU in the university who  wanted and still stand on total stoppage of the examination. In a report by Daily Post, UNIOSUN ASUU Chairman, Dr Abiona Oluseye, the Secretary, Dr Wande Olaosebikan and the Coordinator, ASUU Ibadan zone, Dr Ade Adejumo, the union decried the Provosts, Deans, Directors, and Heads of Departments who didn’t comply with the strike action.

The unionists pointed out that the strike action was to be total, comprehensive, and indefinite, which among other things include non-participation of its members in the conduct of the ongoing 2016/2017 Rain Semester examinations.‎

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They did not only ask members of the union to shun the examination, they also questioned the examination arrangements due to the involvement of technicians among others, stressing that the arrangement is unacceptable even as they threatened that their members would not assess the examination answer booklets when the opportunity to do so presents itself.

Despite this, the management insists that the examination must continue. Not satisfied with the continuity of the examination, members of the union invaded examination halls in some campuses of the university and stopped students from writing examination, thereby steering  panic and tension among the students.

Now, a large number of the students are calling for stoppage of the examination and even went as far as boycotting some of their examinations ‎to avert mass failure. Their claim was that the management w‎as forcing them to continue the examinations under pressure. ‎Mr Jibola Oyekunle‎, the public relations officer of the university declared that the university management was not forcing the students to write examinations under duress and that it is the students that “are eager to complete their studies.”

The truth is, the students are divided and confused. Majority of the graduating students‎ are eager to write their examinations under unconventional condition and they are scared too. This is not the same for a number of students in other levels. They are already frustrated, sick and tired of the continued cancellation of their examinations,impromptu re-arrangement and writing under pressure. ‎

That said, what is not really pronounced about the happening is the fact that there is a serious breach of understanding between the management and ASUU. One must commend both the management and members of the union for managing the internal rancour diligently until the national strike was declared. Otherwise, UNIOSUN and LAUTECH would be at pal now.
ASUU general body has a calculated agenda. Apart from it accentuated demands, one of these is to strike at prime time. It had happened before and lasted for months. So, what’s happening at the moment is not new and of course, the unionists are concerned about impact and effect of their struggle. Hence, at present, they would never coperate with UNIOSUN management “to put things in the right order.”

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And if the examination is eventually stopped, the confused students would know the essence of ASUU strike andexperience what makes it the  ugliest of all. ‎‎While the management stance is at the best interest of the students, that of the union is personal and at the same time not personal given the fact that advocacy for quality education is part of ASUU struggle.

Should the students fail to see through the good intentions of the management and support ‎the arrangements put in place for them to complete their examinations under the unconventional condition, they would be the one to beg ASUU to resume or take to the streets to ask FG to settle its scores with ASUU.

At the same time, writing the examinations doesn’t guarantee ‎the finalists automatic graduation. Their long essays, the examination booklets and other assignments to be assessed by academic staff, members of ASUU, would not be assessed by anybody other than them. ‎

And against the purported claim that mass failure is ahead of the students, I make bold to say that the ball is in the court of the students. All ASUU want is to ground the examinations to boost the effect of the strike. Therefore,  as the tussle is intensified and another examination time table is in place, it is up to the students to either key into the confusing, tensed, and unconventional arrangements or cue out and wait indefinitely till the strike is over.

Whatever their choice is, I wish them good luck and hope the management would revisit the ‎”newest of the latest” time table to allow the students enjoy sallah break on Friday.‎ God bless UNIOSUN. ‎

 

Written By Comrade Afolabi Ismail Marble

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OPINION: Before you vote Buhari for a second term

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By Temidayo Ayodele
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Without a doubt, Nigerians’ experience of President Muhammadu Buhari during his days as a military leader spurred high expectations of his government to be the ‘fixer’ Nigeria always wanted.

He was perceived to be a military dictator-cum-democratic hero in a country where corruption was on the rampage, the economy was deteriorating and a country held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgency groups and other security challenges.

Prior to his election, Buhari promised us that his government will give corruption a ‘no nonsense’ approach. He told us that the Naira that was at N147 to the dollar then will be N1 equal through programmes earmarked to revive the economy. And lastly, Buhari assured us that we would be sleeping with our two eyes closed because insecurity would be death with.

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Buhari also promised us that the price of petrol products would drop from N87 to N60.

Three years since his election, the reverse is the case. I’m disappointed. A lot of Nigerians are disappointed likewise. Petrol price is now almost doubled at N147.

The fight against corruption under Buhari is partisan and witch hunting of opposition. Naira is now N360 against the dollar and Boko Haram has killed over two thousand Nigerians, while over 500,000 have been displaced due to increasing insecurity challenges.

Maybe the warning signs against our expectations were there but many of us didn’t see it or we just wanted ‘somebody else’ asides former president Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Who would forget how Buhari (PMB for short) was a big media darling? How excited we were of displacing a government and a political party adjudged to be corrupt with a “man of integrity and high values”. We are not to be blamed for trusting Buhari to sail our ship to the promised land. We just wanted to leave Egypt.

Like the Israelites were displeased with Moses, we are in a similar dilemma. Socially, economically and politically, a few of us can relate to the blurry future that awaits us should PMB remain in the helms of affairs.

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I plead with my fellow Nigerians that chanted ‘Sai Baba’ in 2015 to listen to words of the elders, which says, “A dog that is about to go astray will not listen to the hunters whistle”

Ironically, one would expect that a man who had previously contested and lost in an election three times will understand national issues better after previous losses.

It is disheartening to note that a man who the people voted to lead them comfortably led a government for 6 months without ministers. His excuse was that he was scouting for the “right” persons. What did Nigerians do? We did nothing and as usual, we moved on!

Besides all other inadequacies in governance, Buhari is undoubtedly nepotic, tribalistic and divisive leader.

“I hope you have a copy of the election results. The constituents, for example, gave me 97% (votes)- (they) cannot, in all honesty, be treated on some issues with constituencies that gave me 5%. I think these are the political reality,” Buhari said in an address at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on 22nd of July 2015.

While some may argue that Buhari’s statement is merely political reality, I think it is careless to say as a leader of over 190 million people. It also portrays PMB’s intent of being a leader who is not willing to unite us a people. Hence, the talks of PMB running an uninclusive and lopsided government is evident in words and in deeds.

Another matter of concern is President Buhari’s medical fitness. Buhari is 76 with a rich history of medical vacations, including the historic unofficial vacation of 104 days in the United Kingdom. The responsibility of leading the most popular black nation on earth is beyond Buhari’s strength.

The consistent derail in Buhari’s physical and mental strength cannot be overemphasized. Twice at the his re-election campaign rallies in Delta and Ekiti State, Buhari committed some politically unforgivable blunders.

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In Delta State, he pronounced the APC governorship candidate Ogboru as the presidential candidate, despite correction, he doubled the blunder, saying the governorship candidate was the senatorial candidate before assimilating the corrections after a third attempt.

Similarly in Ekiti State, the same blunder was not just committed, but toppled when Buhari fell off a walk path at the rally and had to be helped up by escorts. Buhari is not fit to lead us for another four years.

A man of his age ought to be resting with his family. However, a few ‘powerful’ Nigerians are imposing Buhari on a larger population for their selfish and gains.

It is no longer news that since his election as president in 2015, Buhari was never in charge of governing Nigeria as he was elected to, instead a few people.

Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on two occasions attested to this when she said he husband was not in control of Nigeria, but ‘two powerful people’.

Conclusively, President Muhammadu Buhari, you have run a good run, we thank you for all you have done, please return to Daura and get a much-deserved rest.We love you.

As we go to the polls again, we have to be wise, conscientious and logical in committing the next four years of our lives to the hands of any individual.

Your vote counts. If it does not, politicians won’t lobby to buy it. Your vote is your future, do not trade it for anything.

The time has come to determine which path our ship will sail for the next four years. Together, let’s sail Nigeria to the promise land, to the land flowing with milk and honey. God bless Nigeria.

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PDP hypocrisy: Much ado about PMB’s certificate

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By Andrew Akinwale, Osogbo

It is no longer news that the WAEC certificate of the President, General Mohammadu Buhari has generated a lot of controversies in recent times but what is alarming is the way the main opposition, the People Democratic Party has taken the matter to the head.

The party argued that the president is not qualified to run for office because he has not met the minimum qualification as set by the constitution, and more importantly they claim that the various certificates presented were forged which amounts to perjury.

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One of the outspoken members of the party, Femi Fani-Kayode was quoted saying “The ominous, specious and short-sighted suggestion that we should overlook the fact that President Buhari does not have a WAEC certificate which automatically makes him ineligible to run for the Presidency is disingenuous, erroneous and morally indefensible.

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‘I say this because our country is not a lawless jungle or a zoo. There are rules and regulations when it comes to the issue of running for public office and these rules and regulations need to be strictly adhered to and honoured by everyone, including the President”

The ranting of these hypocritical PDP stalwarts did not end there; they have now climbed the moral high horse to tell Nigerians that the President is not qualified to run for office because he did not have the requisite qualification.

But wait, I think we need to remind the PDP that the situation of their candidate for the Osun gubernatorial elections, Senator Ademola Adeleke was worse than that of President Buhari, they did not only present him, not a word of protest about morality and constitutionality was heard from their stable. Femi Fani-Kayode is from Osun State and was a member of the campaign committee for Adeleke.

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Senator Ademola Adeleke did not have any certificate, his so called WAEC result had only F9 in English, he was involved in examination malpractice which is before a court of competent jurisdiction, the two testimonials he presented were forged.

He had never held any public office nor had any track record of any meaningful achievement in life beyond living off his wealthy brother and touting his family name.

It is imperative that the PDP stop their acts of double standards and come to equity with clean hands, maybe then Nigerians can take them serious, except if they are saying that Osun State is less important to them than Nigeria.

It is now a case of the PDP swinging the moral and constitutional pendulum to any direction that suits their selfish interest.

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Ambode’s current troubles are beyond performance and he may not get that 2nd term

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If Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode survives the next couple of weeks and nicks the second term ticket he so badly craves, he’ll survive anything.

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Such is the groundswell of opposition against him at the moment.

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And much of that opposition is coming from within his own party, the APC. All of Ambode’s current travails are self-inflicted.

“Not even Bola Ahmed Tinubu can save him right now”, one source said of Ambode’s September to forget.

Like everyone already knows, Ambode has fallen out with Tinubu who stuck out a neck for him to get his first term. Tinubu isn’t pleased that Ambode went about the task of dismantling and rolling back a few contracts once he took over the reins in 2015, the grapevine says.

The Lagos Waste Managing Authority (LAWMA) and PSP operators were also shown the door by Ambode in preference for Visionscape—a so-called smart waste company that has only compounded the waste problem in an over-populated city.

Tinubu is also not pleased that Ambode isn’t following the Lagos masterplan that was put together by Tinubu and his eggheads between 1999 and 2007.

But beyond Tinubu, the 57 local councils in Lagos have all but rejected Ambode. And because council chairmen wield enormous grassroot influence and answer to Tinubu who controls the patronage network in Lagos, camp Ambode has been understandably jittery.

Not only is Jide Sanwo-Olu the anointed candidate of godfather Tinubu, the council chairmen have been mandated to “deliver him” for the APC during the primaries and during next year’s general elections. It is little wonder that these chairmen purchased the N22.5million nomination form for Sanwo-Olu and declared to the media that Ambode’s reign is over.

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During one late night peace meeting convened by the Oba of Lagos to save Ambode and ensure he gets the second term ticket, the powerful council chairmen told the traditional ruler off and rudely asked him to mind his business.

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Beyond biting the hand that fed him, Ambode hasn’t really posted a stellar performance as governor, given the state’s enormous resources, humongous internally generated revenue and sizeable allocation from the center.

Lagos currently boasts some of the worst road surfaces in the country, there is so much fanfare about big projects that are never completed, articulated trucks have been parked on major roads for a year with the governor looking so powerless in the face of all the gridlock, clogged drainage channels have remained that way to compound the city’s flood problems, inner city roads have virtually collapsed, Lagos is back to being filthy and smelly, there is little innovation from Alausa to solve the city’s perennial traffic woes, bedlam and chaos; and area boys (otherwise called street urchins) have been having a field day extorting from commercial motorists with not a soul to challenge them.

The lawlessness in Lagos, which was on the verge of extinction during the Babatunde Fashola era, has all but returned.

But maybe Ambode needs more time to sort out the city’s many challenges. Maybe Tinubu should really stop choosing his successors and let the electorate and party delegates decide for themselves for once. Maybe Tinubu’s overbearing influence in Lagos helps no governor and leaves them confused. But Ambode hasn’t helped his own cause with his below par performance either.

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The groundswell of public opinion tilts toward his replacement because he has impressed only but a few. When Fashola fell out with Tinubu and was almost denied a second term by Bourdillon, the people stood by him because he was performing. At the time, Tinubu knew better than to mess with the people’s choice. Ambode is neither pleasing his godfather nor getting the people behind him—all of which leaves him in a precarious position.

Lagos is a special state thanks to its sheer population and premier economic status. It deserves a governor who isn’t as tone deaf as Ambode, who thinks on his feet, who is innovative and who fixes problems as they arise. Ambode goes to sleep until the problems become mountains he can no longer fix.

Should he brave the odds, ride the storm from Bourdillon and somehow manages to nick the second term ticket on the APC platform, Ambode should spend the first few weeks of his new term assembling a better team and promising himself not to be as disastrous and ineffectual as he’s been in his first term.

Godspeed Ambode, you’ll need all the prayers you can get right now.

Source: PulseNG

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