Newspaper review for Thursday, November 5: FG, ASUU's negotiation talks suffer another setback

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 5: FG, ASUU's negotiation talks suffer another setback

The front pages of the major national dailies for Thursday, November 5, focus on the talks between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) among other reports.

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The Guardian newspaper reports that the negotiation between ASUU and the federal government during a meeting on Wednesday, November 4, in Abuja suffered a setback.

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 5
The front page of The Guardian newspaper published on Thursday, November 5. Photo credit: @GuardianNigeria
Source: UGC

According to the newspaper, there are indications that the ongoing negotiation between both parties may not yield any positive result soon.

ASUU insists on using its platform – University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS) – to pay its members but the government insists that in the next six months UTAS is not going to be feasible.

The Punch on its front page reports that following the federal government’s 2021 proposed N6.17tn loans, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed.

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Newspaper review for Thursday, November 5
The front page of The Punch newspaper published on Thursday, November 5. Photo credit: @ThePunch
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The country's major political parties on Wednesday, November 4, criticised each other.

Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP spokesman, in an interview with the newspaper publication said the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari had an insatiable appetite for loans.

However, APC deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, in reaction to the statement said that the PDP was confused.

The Sun newspaper reports that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to beam its searchlight on alleged killings and right abuses of EndSARS protesters by security operatives.

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 5
The front page of The Sun newspaper published on Thursday, November 5. Photo credit: @TheSun
Source: UGC

ICC in a statement confirmed that it was conducting a preliminary examination into recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, adding that the office of the prosecutor had received information on alleged crimes.

The international court went on to note that it would make findings of the preliminary examination public.

According to the newspaper, the examination will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met.”

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The Nigerian Tribune reports that southwest ministers who were directed to go home and sort out the #EndSARS agitation, have presented their report to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 5
The front page of Nigerian Tribune newspaper published on Thursday, November 5. Photo credit: @nigeriantribune
Source: UGC

The minister during the meeting recommended a thorough investigation into the Lekki toll plaza shooting incident, particularly the military's involvement.

Babatunde Fashola, the minister of works and housing, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja after the meeting on Wednesday, November 4.

He said:

“We also urged that the federal government should undertake a thorough investigation into what happened in the Lekki Toll Plaza, particularly the role of the military and ensure that the outcome is made public with a view to achieving closure on the matter.”

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