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N218Billion Buhari Government Spent To ‘Redesign’ Naira Notes Should Have Been Given To University Lecturers, ASUU To Conclusively End Strike–Sowore

N218Billion Buhari Government Spent To ‘Redesign’ Naira Notes Should Have Been Given To University Lecturers, ASUU To Conclusively End Strike–Sowore
November 24, 2022

Sowore had also accused President Buhari and the Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele of deceiving Nigerians regarding the newly designed naira notes.

 

 

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore has suggested that the N218 billion President Muhammadu Buhari’s government claimed it spent on redesigning naira notes should have been used to implement the demands of the university lecturers, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who were on strike for eight months.

During a live Channel TV programme on Wednesday night, Sowore said the Nigerian government does not care about issues affecting Nigerians. According to the AAC presidential candidate, that was why the government could spend such an amount on an ‘insignificant project’.

He said, “In the US you also know that when it got to a point, they were planning to make a law; I don’t know if they eventually made that law. There was a reduction in inflation acts kind of law, that they were pursuing because they were concerned about not just elections, they were concerned about the ability of their citizens to cope with the inflation rate and they started adjusting a number of things, not just a law that says inflation must remain at a point but they were also concerned about employment.

“They are concerned about production, they’re concerned about losses and they are also concerned about the manpower running the economic affairs.”

“So these are issues that you get from leaders who are concerned about the welfare of the people of the country, not the redesign of the naira which cost us N218 billion. We could have given that money to ASUU so that we can start from somewhere, they can call off this strike conclusively and the education sector could be running,” he added.

He noted that such an intervention fund will aid in the prevention of strike actions as well as improve the country's tertiary education sector.

Sowore had also accused President Buhari and the Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele of deceiving Nigerians regarding the newly designed naira notes.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that President Buhari unveiled the new notes on Wednesday morning before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

Following the unveiling, Sowore on his Facebook page noted that nothing changed in the new designs except the colours.

He said, “@GodwinIEmefiele of the @cenbank and @MBuhari just played Nigerians over the fraudulent so-called redesign of the Naira. Nothing was “redesigned” just a change of dye. Crooks! #WeCantContinueLikeThis.”

Meanwhile, the university lecturers, ASUU suspended its eight-month strike on October 14 in response to a National Industrial Court order requiring them to return to work.

When they returned to school, the Federal Government paid them half of their salaries for the month of October. The development did not go down well for the lecturers, who staged a one-day nationwide protest last Monday over the partial payment.

However, the Nigerian government has since defended the pro-rata payment made to ASUU members in October, claiming that they cannot be paid for work that was not completed.