President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Daura, Katsina state for Saturday’s election.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) February 22, 2019
FG approves additional N25bn as earned allowances for ASUU Members
The Nigerian Government has approved an additional N25 billion as earned academic allowances for members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The money is aside the N20 billion that was released in 2018 to public universities.
Adamu Adamu, the minister of education said this at his valedictory press conference in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Adamu said: “Let me inform you that the federal government has just approved an additional N25 billion to be shared to beneficiary institutions directly. Last year, the federal government released N20 billion directly to universities. As I speak, all universities have got their share of the N20 billion”.
Adamu disclosed that the current administration inherited an ‘unimplementable agreement’ of N1.3 trillion when it assumed office in 2015.
According to Adamu: “The sad news is that the N200 billion that was released to the Central Bank of Nigeria since 2013 for the universities has not been fully accessed. In specific terms, all the 73 public varsities have accessed the 1st tranche of 50 per cent of the N200 billion.
“For the second tranche of 40 per cent, only 56 institutions have been able to access their funds. The last 10 per cent, representing the third tranche of the N200 billion has not been accessed at all,” he concluded.
ASUU embarked on strike last November over poor funding of public varsities.
One of the reasons for ending the three month old strike in February was an agreement between the government and the union.
According to a statement by Abiodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President in February: “In addition to the N20 billion for 2018, the sum of N25 billion only would be released in April/May 2019, after which government would resume full implementation of the MoU of 2013″.
Offensive against Drug Traffickers will be Intensified — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Saudi Arabia said the sweeping offensive against drug trafficking will be sustained, urging Nigerians in diaspora to always provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.
President Buhari, who received leaders of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia at the end of his Umrah trip, said efforts should be intensified to expose those involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in the country, assuring that appropriate actions would be taken.
The President said the recent exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of innocent passengers, called for expansion of searchlights.
He urged citizens to refrain from breaching the laws of Nigeria and other countries.
“Every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet,” President Buhari said.
The President said he was grateful for the support and prayers of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia for wellbeing of the country, assuring them that his administration will do its best to secure the country, improve economy and fight corruption.
“We have tried in the war against terrorism and citizens in the Northeast are our best witnesses. Agriculture is doing well, to the point that we are food self-sufficient, as a result helping the nation to save money on imports,” he added.
On the renewal of his mandate for a second term, President Buhari said he owed Nigerians a debt of gratitude.
According to him, “we are doing our best. I will continue to keep the trust of citizens. I am happy Nigerians have confidence in us. The crowds I witnessed in my campaign across the 36 states were not staged. No amount of money could have generated that enthusiasm. I assure everyone that I will continue to do my best. I will keep the trust of Nigerians.’’
The leader of Nigerian diaspora community delegation, Alhaji Umar Abubakar Dan Hadejia, congratulated the President on his second term re-election and promised their continued support.
The delegation listed a number of challenges they were facing in Saudi Arabia, including activities of drug traffickers, highlighting the recent incident of Miss Zainab Habibu Aliyu, whose name tag was attached to a drug-filled bag at the airport in Kano, leading to her arrest and prolonged detention in Saudi Arabia.
Miss Aliyu was released after President Buhari’s intervention and had been reunited with her family.
President Buhari, who arrived Nigeria on Tuesday evening, was seen to the airport in Jeddah by the Governor, Prince Mashel Bin Majed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
FG closes four Missions abroad over lack of funds
The Federal Government has ordered the closure of four Nigeria’s missions abroad due to lack of funds.
Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that the missions are Sri-lanka, Serbia, Ukraine and Czech Republic.
The minister, who may exit President Muhmmadu Buhari’s administration at the end of the month said the closure was because the government could not fund the missions anymore.
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