May 21, 2024

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scarcity: Nigerian politicians selfish, unpatriotic, says ASUU

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Following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s naira redesign policy, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has described politicians in the country as “selfish, unpatriotic and self-renting.”

In a statement signed by the national president of the union, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the union noted that, “Nigerians are gasping for breath under the suffocating atmosphere created by the ruling class is to state the obvious.”

The union also stated government at the federal, state and council levels appeared enamoured of policies which aggravate the suffering of the mass of Nigerians.

“Our union, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, has had cause to condemn the anti-poor policies of government in the education sector. While the ruling class virulently attacked ASUU for insisting on government’s adequate funding of universities and paying a morale-enhancing remuneration for Nigerian academics, the children of the poor now know better, going by a gale of anti-fees protests resonating across the campuses.

“Word on the street is that triggers for the new wave of brain drain, called the ‘Japa syndrome’, are not unconnected with the debilitating working and dwelling environment. Added to this, are the scornful treatments given to academic and medical personnel who other nations handle as treasures of inestimable value, and aversion for collective bargaining evident in anti-labour policies such as ‘no work, no pay’ and ‘divide-and-rule’.”

Speaking further, Osodeke noted that the Supreme Court ruling which halted the February 10, 2023, deadline on the naira redesign policy should somewhat mitigate the aggravated suffering of Nigerians occasioned by yet another anti-poor policy. The ASUU leader noted that the crisis arising from the redesign of the country’s currency reverberated in every sector of the economy and it would require very serious efforts by developmental economists to fully determine the magnitude of its damage.

“The ambush tactic of Godwin Emefiele to ‘eliminate cash’ was applied in India in 2016 with unsalutary consequences. So, ASUU commends the Supreme Court for siding with the suffering Nigerians, whose miserable lives would have been compounded by Emefiele’s policy if they are not sent to their early graves by it.

“In the same way government’s explanation on non-circulation of the redesigned currency is meaningless, no attempt to rationalise non-accessibility of petroleum products is tenable. This outgoing government raised Nigerians’ hope of fixing the country’s refineries when it was coming to power in 2015. Eight years down the line, it has been giving one excuse after another; allowing a free rein to the oil subsidy scammers! Nigerians know the truth; they know the local refineries can work if the core leadership of the ruling class is willing to commit class suicide. But it’s a poisonous tablet none is willing to swallow.”

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