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FG should study how Jonathan ended ASUU strike, says Atiku’s aide

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Phrank Shaibu, an aide to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the federal government should study how former President Goodluck Jonathan ended the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

ASUU has been on strike since February over a 2009 agreement the government has failed to implement.

The National Industrial Court ordered ASUU to call off the strike, but the union said it would appeal against the judgment.

Jonathan had recently narrated how he personally had meetings with the leadership of ASUU to resolve the four-month strike at the time.

While speaking on Daily Politics, a Trust TV Programme, Shaibu said the strike is about the collapse of the education sector in the country.

“If I were a lecturer, I’d just go to class, cross my legs and watch the students. This court issue can’t resolve the crisis. They are only scratching the surface and that goes to show that they have no capacity to resolve this problem,” he said.

“Of course, this has been a recurring decimal. But then it’s been better handled…. The other day, President Goodluck Jonathan, offered free tutorials to them on how to manage the strike.

“The danger is this; It’s not just about ASUU. It is the Nigerian public. I want to be incumbent on ASUU to educate and sensitise the masses of our people, the more on their demands. It’s not about lecturers salaries. It’s about the collapse of the educational system. It’s about the decayed educational system.

“We have over 1 million, 1.9million students that write JAMB every year in the last three years, more than less than 1.9 million. And the current capacity of our universities oscillates between 250 to 400,000 students, meaning about 1.4million students who would write JAMB cannot even have access to university education.

“Where does that leave us? We now have one called issues of educational tourism in Ghana. Some even go to Benin.”

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Watch the moment newly wedded couple joins Labour Party’s rally in Benin

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Newly wedded couple joins solidarity march for Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, after their wedding ceremony.

As the nation marks it’s 62nd year of independence, Nigerians in different states have decided to hold a solidarity march for their preferred presidential candidate.

In a video spotted online, a newly married couple were seen among the throngs of supporters who have stormed the streets to march for Peter Obi.

It is said that the couple joined the march in Benin straight from their wedding venue as they were seen still wearing their wedding attires.

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Aisha Buhari appointed to lead Tinubu/Shettima Women Campaign Team

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Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has been appointed to lead the Tinubu/Shettima Women Campaign Team for the actualisation of the presidency in 2023.

The APC Women Campaign Team comprises 1,200 strong members, which also comprises Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the APC Presidential candidate and Hajiya Nana Shettima as chairperson and co-chairperson of the women’s campaign team respectively.

This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by Rinsola Abiola, daughter of late Chief MKO Abiola, who is also named in the media and administrative committees of the campaign team.

A former member of the House of Representatives from Borno, Asabe Vilita Bashir, will be assisted by Lauretta Onochie, a senior aide in the Presidency as deputy national coordinator.

The women’s campaign in the North-West Zone will be coordinated by Dr Zainab Baugudu, wife of the Kebbi Governor while a Falmata Zulum, the First Lady of Borno State, will be in charge of the Northeast.

Olufolake Abdulrazaq, wife of Kwara Governor will coordinate efforts in the North-Central and Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-olu, wife of the Lagos Governor, will superintend over the South-West.

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Appeal court affirms Umahi as Ebonyi south senatorial candidate

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A court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed David Umahi, Ebonyi governor, as the validly elected candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ebonyi south senatorial election.

Ann Agom-Eze had challenged Umahi’s emergence as the APC candidate for the senatorial district.

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