Governors caution the FG not to penalize ASUU

The Federal Government has been forewarned by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) not to penalize the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is on strike.

In the NGF’s opinion, the Federal Government ought to settle the controversial issues for the benefit of Nigeria’s students.

This plea was made by Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the NGF, on Thursday in Abuja.

In the meanwhile, National Integrated Power Plants’ planned privatization has been rejected by the NGF (NIPPs).

The National Integrated Electricity Projects (NIPPS) stipulates that all the components of power must be combined into a unified entity (Value chain).

These power plants are: Omotosho Generation Company Ltd., Calabar Generation Company Ltd., Geregu Generation Company Ltd., Benin Generation Company Ltd.

After the forum meeting on Thursday, Kayode Fayemi, the chairman of the NGF and governor of the state of Ekiti, remarked in a speech in Abuja that the NGF had rejected the government’s privatization proposal since not all stakeholders had been included.

The NGF is currently opposed to the sale of any of the plants until appropriate measures have been taken that would take into account the interest of states that are also equity holders in those plants, he said. He continued: “We examined the issues relating to the proposed privatization of the power project.

We’ll keep doing all we can to make sure that Nigeria’s riches remain with its citizens and aren’t diverted in ways we don’t understand,” he said.

Fayemi pointed out that the NGF disapproved of the government’s privatization proposal since not all interested parties were involved.

Originally posted on September 30, 2022 @ 1:05 pm

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