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Nigerian varsity lecturers, ASUU, extend 6-month strike by 4 weeks as presidential deadline fails

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In Nigeria, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in statement by its president, professor Emmanuel Osodeke on Monday said it has extended its 6 months old strike by 4 weeks.

The decision to extend the strike was taken after the National Executive Council meeting of the union at its national secretariat in Abuja on Sunday.

The extension comes barely days before the completion of the 2 weeks ultimatum by President Muhammadu Buhari to the minister of Education, Adamu Adamu to resolve the strike.

Following the six months and counting strike action by ASUU, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has announced plans and embarked on a solidarity protest with ASUU last week.

University lecturers have been at loggerhead with the Federal government of Nigeria over the full implementation of a 2009 agreement (PDF) during the reign of late ex-president Umaru Yar’ Adua.

ASUU had on February 14, 2022, embarked on a 4-week total and comprehensive strike to press home their unresolved demands on the federal government.

The Federal Government’s Briggs renegotiation committee, had since April 2022, been meeting with ASUU and other labour unions in the universities, who are all currently on strike due to its dispute with the government and non-resolution of demands of the 2009 agreements signed with the federal government.

With half of its population aged under 19 years according to Statista, Nigeria cannot afford to waste more time of its large human resources if it will score its development goals. It must as matter  of emergency revolutionize its entire education sector.

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US air strikes targets al-Shabaab Islamists in Somalia

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Several US air strikes have taken out several al-Shabaab commanders and their strongholds in Somalia, according to state media reports on Wednesday.

A statement by Somalia state own media said US military carried out air strikes against the al-Shabaab fighters in the central Hiran region on Tuesday, killing several fighters and their commanders.

The report said the air strikes followed a request from the Somali government following renewed attacks by the rebel group in different parts of the country.

A statement by the US-Africa Command based in the Horn of Africa country said airstrikes in June and July killed seven jihadist fighters flatter an increased in attacks on government targets in recent months by the insurgents.

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Sierra Leone: Parliament passes law to protect locals from land grabs

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The parliament in Sierra Leone has passed two laws that is widely believed will boost the rights of rural landowners and women.

The Customary Land Rights Act and the Land Commission Act, both enacted on Monday, will protect against land grabs by big mining and agribusiness firms.

The new laws empower local landowners to negotiate the value of their land with investors and prevent it being leased out without their express consent.

An official of international legal advocacy group, Namati, Eleanor Thompson, said “to our knowledge there is not a legal regime anywhere, in either hemisphere that grants such robust rights to communities facing harm.”

The move is also praised by Gerben Haringsma who is the director of SOCFIN, the biggest agribusiness company in Sierra Leone, called it a “dream of NGOs”.

“Certainly, it will block any investment… It makes things very expensive and we are all prone to enormous blackmail by various communities.” Haringsma remarked.

Sierra Leone has a history of sometimes deadly conflict between local communities and foreign companies that have cleared huge tracts of land for palm oil and sugarcane plantations in recent years.

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