‘Arrogance of Ignorance’ – Kogi Reacts to Gov Yahaya Bello’s Ban on ASUU-KSU


“There is no law in Nigeria under which this action of His Excellency can be accommodated. For the records, legislation by proclamation was the hallmark of renowned dictators such as Benito Mousolini of Italy and Adolf Hitler of Germany. Not even under military dictatorships were proclamations deployed as tool for legislation.
ASUU for God’s sake is a Trade Union registered under part C of the companies and allied matters Act and its proscription cannot come under the hands of the governor of any state. Not even the state House of Assembly (if indeed we have one) can by legislation purport to proscribe ASUU!
I do not see how this rash act of the governor can resolve the imbroglio. Me think impunity is on d prowl in Kogi state and the governor does not seem to have the benefit of rational legal advice. This proclamation proscribing ASUU is an exercise in futility. It is at best a classical demonstration of the Arrogance of Ignorance !”
– Barrister Shaba Ibrahim.

“Lecturers have been paid up to June 2017. All for work not done since they were home for about seven months. Who refunds time wasted to students? It is impossible.I went to KSU. I resumed on March 12, 2001 and by July 2004, I was done with my four year course. No ASUU. By 2005 January, I was in NYSC camp.
Everyone has a right to association but when the activities of any association become repugnant to justice, commonsense and such association becomes a weapon of oppression of the weakest in their sphere of influence, it becomes the duty of government to protect the weak.
Congratulations to students of Kogi State University. Welcome to a new era of uninterrupted academic activities”
– Mrs Petra Akinti Onyegbule

“… there is no provision in KSU law 1991 that gives the governor the powers he puported to have exercised. Am sorry for the state and our children who are suffering from the adolescent management of affairs in Kogi state”
– J. S. Okutepa SAN

“Legislation/proclamation by pronouncement was/is the hallmark of dictators and vilified infamous individuals, who unfortunately became corrupted absolutely by power.
ASUU is a trade Union registered under PART C of the CAMA and its proscription by a Governor cannot stand the test of time. I do not believe a State House of Assembly, can by legislation purport to proscribe ASUU! Sadly, this IMPERIAL PRONOUNCEMENT TODAY cannot and will not solve the current impasse and neither will it foster unity and or cohesion amongst the people of the state, whose children and wards have lost time and suffered lack of education and progress.
Go ahead. Make all the excuses. State all the ‘irrelevant’ figures. 90% of their demands had been met so the balance 10% of their benefits and due, should not be an issue. Go ahead; I state….you will still be wrong in advising and or trying to defend a wrong move that is not only wrongly timed but also ill-conceived, as the land and the people crave succour and development after being so whipped and ripped by previous administrations and more surprisingly, the present and ongoing one.”
– Cosmas Atabor

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