SNG Challenges President Jonathan on ASUU, Oil Subsidy, Others

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By: Our Reporter

Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been berated and challenged to as a matter of importance expeditiously and judiciously put all modalities in place to commence the implementation of all agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities particularly the ones reached at the inception of this administration.


President Jonathan was also charged to ensure that every intention to remove subsidy from petroleum products in Nigeria is to put on hold pending when government is sufficiently able to exercise its will to bring to justice all the individuals and companies already identified as culpable in the criminal sabotage that has rendered the oil and gas sector impotent with all three refineries unable to function optimally.

In a five points communiqué reached weekend at the end of online gathering/debate of members of Sovereign Nigeria Group (SNG) participated by past and present members of the National Assembly and state houses of Assembly, opposition voices amongst others and signed by of its administrators, Barrister Silas Buowe, made available to newsmen, the group deliberated on the following issues pertaining to the Nigeria nation which include, how has Nigeria fared as a nation 51 years after independence, indentified the various problems that has faced the country and proffer solutions as well as ASSU present strike actions and the controversial subsidy removal.

Sovereign Nigeria Group (SNG) is an online gathering of Nigerians intellectuals at home and in Diaspora with the sole intent of robbing minds on issues bordering on Nigeria as a nation with a view to taking her out of the woods.

After exhaustive evaluation of the Nigeria state from independence till date, the forum made the following observation “That Nigeria as a nation have not made any impact to stand out in the comity of nations in any sphere of national life that could be a source of pride to Nigerians despite the enormous resources at the disposal of successive governments. That Nigeria government especially after the collapse of the first republic has consistently exploited the citizenry who are not only voiceless but also helpless. That the forum also reviewed the issues and the crimes of the Arab governments against their citizens which midwife the Arab spring side by side with the crimes of successive Nigerian governments against the people and found that the atrocities of those regimes in the Arab World are minor to say the least compared to Nigeria.” As well as the current Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) face off with government amongst others, the group therefore resolved with a challenge on the Federal Government to as a matter of importance expeditiously and judiciously put all modalities in place to commence the implementation of all agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities particularly the ones reached at the inception of this administration “Which it has willfully refused to honour with impunity thereby compromising the standard of Nigeria University education.”

The forum also charged President to ensure that every intention to remove subsidy from petroleum products in Nigeria is to put on hold pending when government is sufficiently able to exercise its will to bring to justice all the individuals and companies already identified as culpable in the criminal sabotage that has rendered the oil and gas sector impotent with all three refineries unable to function optimally. “On the proposal by government to remove subsidy from petroleum products, Forum is of the opinion that the problem is not with subsidy itself but with the mismanagement of same and lack of will on the part of the present administration to bring to justice those the government itself already fingered in fuel subsidy racket.” The group asserted.

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