Newspaper review for Thursday, Dec 24: Fresh crisis looms as non-academic workers threaten action

Newspaper review for Thursday, Dec 24: Fresh crisis looms as non-academic workers threaten action

The front pages of major Nigerian print newspapers published on Thursday, December 24, focus on some other unions of university staff rejecting the sharing formula adopted for the money approved by the federal government as Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) and other key issues bothering the nation.

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The Nation newspaper on its front page reports about a truck laden with premium motor spirit (PMS) exploding on Wednesday, December 23, at Jebba in Moro local government of Kwara state.

Newspaper review for Thursday, December 24
The front page of The Nation newspaper published on Thursday, December 24. Photo credit: @thenationng
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The explosion killed six persons as the tanker, said to be travelling through the ancient town, lost control, spilled its contents, and rammed into houses.

Eyewitness account said the incident resulted in huge explosions that also burnt down over 30 houses and shops.

The Punch newspaper's frontpage story focuses on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) indicating that it might resume its suspended strike in February if the federal government fails to implement agreements it signed with the lecturers.

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Newspaper review for Thursday, December 24
The front page of The Punch newspaper published on Thursday, December 24. Photo credit: @punchnewspaper
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The national president of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this while shedding more light on the decision of the union to suspend its nine-month strike.

But while ASUU ended its industrial action on Wednesday, non-academic unions in universities threatened to go on strike over N40bn earned allowances government promised to release to all unions. They described the sharing formula for the money as unfair.

Performance indicators from a study by Clean-up Nigeria (CUN) showing that the number of Nigerians living in an unclean environment increased to 170 million in 2020 sits on the front page of Nigerian Tribune.

Newspaper review for Thursday, December 24
The front page of Nigerian Tribune newspaper published on Thursday, December 24. Photo credit: @NigerianTribune
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The study also rated Abuja as the cleanest city in Nigeria, while Akwa Ibom emerged as the cleanest state in the country.

The results were the outcome of a 15 member national technical study group on the state of the Nigeria environment report 2020 with focus on the cleanliness index ratings of states and cities/towns in Nigeria. It was conducted by CUN with support from global project partners from Canada, USA, Germany, France and Australia.

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The Sun newspaper on its front page covers the imminent fresh crisis in the nation’s tertiary institution hours after ASUU called off its nine-month-old strike.

Newspaper review for Thursday, December 24
The front page of The Sun newspaper published on Thursday, December 24. Photo credit: @TheSunNigeria
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An investigation by the news publication revealed that if not nipped in the bud, the looming crisis could make the dream of return of academic activities in the foreseeable future a mirage.

The bone of contention is the decision by the three non-academic unions in the Nigerian University System (NUS) to oppose the allocation of 75 percent of the approved earned allowance to academic staff.

They have insisted that all workers in the NUS must be treated equally by the federal government to avert another round of strike.

The Guardian newspaper's frontpage story focuses on investors expressing worry that the banking sector might record rise in Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) and erode profitability if the government failed to provide support to boost performance and sustain growth.

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Newspaper review for Thursday, December 24
The front page of The Guardian newspaper published on Thursday, December 24. Photo credit: @guardianng
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This is because banks play a critical role of mobilising savings from surplus economic units to deficit areas to stimulate investments.

Investors argue that banks’ shares are currently selling on discount in the stock market, considering their book value per share, following economic turmoil occasioned by COVID-19 shutdown and other socio-political crisis.

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