ASUU Strike Reinforced Sack Of Education Minister- Analyst

A public affair analyst and professor at the Pan African University, Austin Nweze, while examining the recent cabinet reshuffle by the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, adjudged that the ongoing ASUU strike contributed to the eventual sack of former Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayat Rufai.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he explained that the cabinet reshuffle, which led to the sack of 9 ministers, “is a normal thing” adding that as 2015 elections draw near, President Jonathan wants to choose those who would help him achieve his second term ambition which he is yet to admit officially.

The ministries that were affected had ‘question marks” in terms of performance, he said.

He stressed that the ASUU strike, which has entered its 74th day, also contributed to the sack of former education minister as the President’s decision for Governor Suswam to head a committee to resolve the crisis was a warning signal that all was not well.

That showed failure of leadership, he said, adding that, there has been nothing spectacular about the ministry of education.

He further stated that it is expected for every minister to generate ideas in line with the President’s agenda but “it is not clear what the President wants to achieve in education sector”. He added that the former minister was guilty of the same situation.

Recalling the public outcry which trailed the release of the Unity Schools cut off marks which seemed to favour students from Northern Nigeria, Mr Nweze said that such policies did not go down well with the vision of the President.

The announcement of the termination of the ministers appointments raised uproar in the public domain and has been described by some as a political move, which the Presidency denied.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with any other factor than that having come two years into his own administration, in the last lap, what I see the president doing is to re-focus his government, to inject in fresh blood, to achieve greater service delivery to the people of Nigeria” the Minister of Information and supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku said while addressing the Federal Executive Council Meeting which signaled the end of the sacked ministers service in government.

Pan-African University Changes Name To Pan-Atlantic

Nigeria’s foremost private university, the Pan-African University has undergone a name change. It is now to be known as Pan-Atlantic University.

This was announced by the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Juan Elegido at a press conference held at the Victoria Island campus of the university.

Professor Elegido explained that the decision to take a new name was necessitated by the need for clarity because there is another tertiary institution with a similar name on the continent.

The new name will take effect from Friday, 24th of May 2013.

Analyst wants Economic Summit Group to develop competitive strategy

A public affairs analyst and lecturer at the Pan African University, Austin Nweze on Tuesday said the National Economic Summit Group (NESG) is yet to develop a clear competitive strategy that will make Nigeria one of the top economies in the world.

Mr Nweze, who was a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said since Nigeria’s economy dominates others in West Africa, the country needs to develop a strategy that will show this dominance.

“I want them to come out of this Summit with a clear strategy that two three areas where Nigeria can compete,” he said.

Budget: Economist proposes 5-year budget plan for effective implementation

Austin Nweze, an Economist in Budget and Financial Planning and lecturer at the Pan-African University, Lagos has proposed a 5-year budget plan as a strategy that would allow the effective implementation of projects that require long-term execution.

He said the implementation of annual budget plan is not feasible in a developing economy like Nigeria.

Mr Nweze who appeared on Channels Television’s  breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, also suggested the National Assembly should set up a committee with the oversight function of constant monitoring of government offices and parastatals involved in the execution of capital projects.



Tam-George urges Jonathan to justify promises made to Nigerians

Austin Tam-George, a former lecturer of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and now a lecturer at the Pan African University commented on democracy day as President Goodluck Jonathan gave his speech to celebrate his first year in office.

The president honoured the Late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola by renaming the University of Lagos after him, a decision that that sparked protest among the students of the institution.

Mr Tam-George said the administration of President Jonathan should work towards justifying the promises it made to Nigerians while hustling for the seat of the Presidency.