The newspapers review for Monday, November 10, focus on the concerns raised in the Senate about a likely resurgence of the EndSARS protest among other reports.
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has warned that Nigeria might experience another wave of protests if youth unemployment in Nigeria is not addressed.
According to Sun, the Senate president gave the warning on Monday, November 9, during the 2021 budget defence of the Ministry of Agriculture.
He said, while many youths who took part in the EndSARS protests in cities across the country might have gained the attention of the government, some in rural areas might not have had the opportunity to vent their anger.
The Senate leader called for the country to be more practical with budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Agriculture to allow it to create jobs for unemployed youths.
Meanwhile, two senior lawyers, Mike Ozekhome and Femi Falana have criticised the federal government for arresting, prosecuting, and freezing the bank accounts of EndSARS protesters.
Vanguard reported that Ozekhome said the action by the federal government was defeating the purpose of setting up states’ panels of inquiry into the youths’ protests.
Similarly, Falana argued that the government was being misled into prosecuting the promoters of EndSARS protests.
He pointed out that there was no connection between the youths calling for an end to police brutality, and the hoodlums that went on the rampage.
In another news, The Punch reported that there is a strong chance that the national executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would seek an extension of its tenure for six months.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources stated that the committee is scheduled to hold a meeting on December 25 over the issue.
Some party members who spoke anonymously said the party is likely to hold its national convention next year.
A party leader said:
“It is almost certain that the interim committee is not prepared to hold the convention this year. If it is ready, it would have started preparations from the ward level. Besides, no timetable has been released for the convention.”
In education news, stakeholders in the education sector are calling for a change in the nation’s quota policy in university admissions.
The Guardian reported that academics said a review in the policy would promote equity and national development.
Speaking on the issue, a senior legal and programme officer of the Human Right Law Services (HURILAW), Collins Okeke noted that the policy had been overtaken by new events of 25 years.
“Instead of the quota system, there should be incentives for states that do well educationally to encourage them and ginger others to perform better while teachers can be taken from the south and pay more so that they can complement their northern counterparts and effectively impart knowledge. Quota system creates a mediocre kind of educational system."
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