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Editors express relief over resolution of stalemate between FG and ASUU

02 January 2014, 18:20

Lagos - The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has expressed relief at the resolution of the stalemate between the Federal Government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The NGE said this in a communiqué which was signed, respectively, by Femi Adesina,President,and Isaac Ighure, Secretary.

The union made the remark at the end of its standing committee meeting held in Calabar, Cross River State. The editors urged both parties to be faithful to the agreements reached, in order to avoid a re-occurrence.

The Guild also urged the FG to immediately negotiate with doctors and oil workers, who had served notices of industrial actions, noting that Nigerians were tired of strikes.

On the economy, it urged the FG to implement its promise of increasing its vote for capital expenditure.

It noted that capital expenditure had dropped from 32 per cent in the 2013 budget to 27 per cent in the 2014 budget. The communiqué urged Nigerian politicians to restrain from making rebellious remarks that could heat up an already unsteady polity.

It also advised politicians to ensure that the interest of the nation took pre-eminence above their personal interests.

The NGE also expressed happiness at the successful conduct of the council election in Yobe State.

"Whereas the state of insecurity in the country had been frightening, there seems an appreciable improvement in recent times".

The Guild also commended the security agencies for the positive development shown by the successful conduct of the council elections in Yobe.

It urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take a cue from the election and work towards conducting successful elections in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in 2015.

The Guild also praised the withdrawal of the proposed legislation in the Senate against online publications considered injurious to members of the society.

"Such legislation could be mishandled to stifle the press and restrain free expression, which is vital to the growth of our democracy," it said.

The body noted the positive development in road and railway transportation in the country, but urged the government to double its effort towards improving the state of roads nationwide.

It also urged government to explore the potentials of water transport, in some parts of the country.

The Editors commended the Cross Rivers State Government for sustaining the annual carnival, which it noted had boosted culture, tourism and revenue generation in the state.



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