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NANS, ASUU disagree as FG halts fee hike

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President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, directed the authorities in all federal institutions of higher learning to avoid arbitrary increase in sundry fees payable and where possible defer further increase so that parents and students don’t face too much difficulty.

While the National Association of Nigerian Students welcome the directive, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, however, expressed reservations.

The President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake, also approved the provision of buses to the students’ bodies of all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education across the country.

The directive comes barely five days after the Presidency insisted that federal universities remain tuition-free, despite the hike in miscellaneous fees in several universities nationwide.

Alake said this was based on Tinubu’s “desire to see that students can access their campuses without much difficulty as a result of higher transportation costs.”

“In line with his promise to ensure no Nigerian student abandons his or her educational pursuits as a result of lack of money and economic circumstances of their parents, President Tinubu has also approved the removal of all restrictions on the students’ loan to make it available to any student or household that may desire it,” the statement read.

Reacting, the Vice-President, NANS, Akinteye Afeez, said, “We are happy with the development. We have now been given the opportunity to shut down any school that increases school fees again or that refuses to go back to the status quo.”

But Chairman, ASUU, the University of Lagos, Prof. Kayode Adebayo, said stopping of fee hike by the president was not the solution to the universities’ problem.

He maintained that universities across the country were not funded by FG, adding that Tinubu was supposed to announce the financial subventions that would be given to universities.

“I can’t say there is Eldorado in the announcement because it does not add up, what will be the fate of the universities; if you say they should not charge mandatory fees yet you didn’t plan to send any subventions for the running of the universities.

“The reason for the mandatory charges was that universities do not receive anything from the Federal Government to run the system.”

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway

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Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.

 

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Leading with Love: Governor’s Father’s Day Message

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Lagos State Governor
– Governor highlights importance of fatherhood and leadership
– Emphasis on responsibility, love, and sacrifice for family and community
– Commitment to building a stronger, more caring community

As Father’s Day celebrations unfolded, Lagos Governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu, shared a heartfelt message emphasizing the significance of fatherhood and leadership.

He noted that fatherhood is about responsibility, love, and sacrifice, quoting, “The same dedication I bring to my family, I bring to serving Lagos.”

The Governor’s words resonated with Lagos residents, who praised his commitment to building a stronger, more caring community.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu’s message also highlighted the importance of love and principles in guiding daily actions, both at home and in public service. He encouraged Lagos residents to uphold these values.

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