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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has criticised the judgment of an industrial court which ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its nationwide strike.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

Several meetings between ASUU and the federal government have ended in a deadlock.

Consequently, the federal government went to court to challenge the strike.

Delivering a ruling on Thursday, Polycarp Hamman, the judge, granted the federal government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike.

The judge ordered members of the union to resume work pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

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Reacting to the judgment, Giwa Temitope, NANS national public relations officer, described the order as a betrayal of equity.

He said the court’s decision does not offer a permanent solution to the dispute and that lecturers cannot be forced to resume their duties.

“Our attention has been drawn to news of a court judgment mandating the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its 7-month strike. As an association, we feel disturbed to read the news of the judgment because we believe that it betrays equity.

“Ordinarily, the federal government is not meant to have dragged ASUU to court. But, the fact that they had to drag ASUU to court is a signal that this government cannot handle the crisis. And, we want to state categorically that the court cannot force members of ASUU back to lecture theatres.

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“And, as it stands today, with that court judgment, we maintain that the court has not resolved the problem and we reject the judgment in strong terms. The court could have said that the Federal Government should go and pay rather than say that lecturers who are on strike should go back to classrooms. We were expecting the court to have understood that lecturers are on contract of personal service hence, they cannot be compelled to render a service they don’t want to render.

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“The only remedy to this strike action is for the Federal Government to accede to the demands of ASUU which the government willingly entered into with them and properly fund education.”

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Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election, says his party stands a good chance of winning.

“The PDP stands the chance to win the presidential election being one of the oldest political parties in the country,” Mr Abubakar told journalists after inaugurating his campaign office in Gombe.

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He said that the party has a huge support base in Gombe State and would leverage on that to ensure victory at the 2023 polls.

He called on PDP supporters in the state to shun campaign of calumny and focus on issue-based campaign so as to attract more supporters.

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Saturday’s visit to Gombe was the third time Mr Abubakar was in the state in 2022 on political overtures.

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The United States government has felicitated with Nigeria on her 62nd independence anniversary, reiterating its commitment to help the nation combat terrorism and other forms of insecurity.

A statement by the U.S. secretary of state, Antony Blinken, released on October 1, conveyed the foreign nation’s goodwill.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of

Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence,” reads Mr Blinken’s statement.

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“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values

of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship,” asserted Mr Blinken.

He added that, “The United States is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.”

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With an election year in view, the American government declared its support to help the nation achieve “free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mr Blinken asserted further that the U.S. government looked “forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.”

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The presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni as an adviser on party integration and reconciliation of his campaign council.

The appointment of the Chairman of the defunct APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was contained in a letter with reference number PCC/DC/APPT/Vol.1/27 by the presidential candidate.

The letter reads: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Adviser on Party Integration & Reconciliation of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council

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“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team. We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility so we conduct an effective, message-driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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“Together, not only can we ensure victory for our party in the February 2023 election but we shall also move Nigeria along the path of national greatness by building on the achievements of our party and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.”

While wishing Buni God’s guidance, Tinubu congratulated the Chairman of the defunct APC CECPC.

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