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“This is when Nigerian should be restructured” – El-Rufai

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has called for the restructuring of Nigeria in a way that would enable equitable distribution of resources.

El-Rufai made the call during his speech at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Arewa House in Kaduna state on Saturday, October 31, The Cable reported. He said it was time to restructure the country in a manner that will empower states with constitutional control over certain resources. The governor explained that restructuring should allow states to have more powers over the police, oil and gas resources, minerals, among others. He said if Nigeria is restructured, state governments would take responsibility for their failings because most of the problems citizens face daily can be resolved at the state level. He called on the National Assembly committee on constitutional review to consider the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee on restructuring.

El-Rufai said:

“We, therefore, have no excuse not to seize this moment and do the heavy lifting for our country and our people. It is in our hands to make the structures, laws and constitutional arrangements in our country conducive to modern governance that will ensure our nation thrives in the 21st century.” Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has backed  founder and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Adejare Adeboye on restructuring, saying is becoming a failed state.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the NEF spokesperson, made the position of the forum known while speaking on a live television programme in Lagos on Tuesday, October 6.

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ASUU chapters at loggerheads after FG offer to end 8-month strike.

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The controversy generated by the ongoing strike between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to abate despite the pleas from Nigerians.

The Nation reports that some branches of ASUU were divided over whether to accept the federal government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. Legit.ng gathered that the union would harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja on Friday, November 27. The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, addressing the leadership of ASUU in Abuja over the strike. The report said while some branches insisted that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. It was learnt that the Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).

The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. The newspaper noted that the lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta state, said negotiations with the federal government must be concluded before the strike is called off. The chairman of ASUU at the university, Ezekiel Agbalagba, said the congress on Wednesday, November 25, accepted the EAA, but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the varsities.

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“We are willing to suspend the strike, but some of those contending issues should be thrashed and thrashed once.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass, sweep offices as well as keep the environment clean.

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