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Friday, 8 April 2016

As Unilag Shuts Down Indefinitely, Should NLC/FG Borrow a Leaf?






Yesterday the closure of Unilag was ordered by the school management today the 8th of April, followed by students' riot decrying the hardship most Nigerians are presently facing; no power supply, no fuel etc etc etc.  

Well...

A blog reader reached out to me concerning this matter and posits that this is what NLC should do instead of their weak ass 1 day strike; the NLC or FG should declare a stay at home until such a time as the FG is able to sort itself out and fix things. There's no point in dragging the country through the mud because it wants to "fix the rot" it met in the system. The public sector (save for places of critical interest; airports, hospitals, schools etc) be mandatorily shut down for now, and for the private sector it be optional. 

The fact is that there's so much hardship right now, the nation seems to be crumbling and people are finding life difficult. Salaries are not increasing yet cost of transportation has increased by almost 400% in some places. Service providers have trebled their charges because there's no fuel. Same goes for products too, they'd tell you "blame it on the dollar". So don't you agree that we should all borrow a leaf from Unilag Management whose hands have been forced to shut down the school indefinitely? We understand that things may have to get worse before they get better, but why do we the people have to be made collateral damage?

Just saying... What say you? 

5 comments:

  1. Democracy is for the people by the people and of the people. Even the government are of the people. So when you say 'the people have to be made collateral damage', who else should?

    We are all partakers of all democratic government. So every one must be made 'collateral damage'.
    Maybe I'm a bit cynical but this is me being realistic. I watched the video of former CBN governor predicting this as at 2011, today. In fact I will tag you Thelma, you all need to see this. Sasha bone too.

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  2. Uyi and co say "the pain has to get worse" meaning it is still doing press up,right?

    It's only fair to let those who wld like to prepare for this pain do it in comfort. After all, we were all here when NLC declared nationwide strike over occupy Nig and did we die?

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  3. Lol, Nigerians. 3 weeks ago fuel scarcity commenced, na now wey fwe don de enter obodo naim pipo de hala upandan. Those UNILAG students just wanted an excuse for a break, and they got it. Clap for yasef. Next week, school resumes.

    As for the issue with collateral damage; shebi when Bubu, Ben Bruce, and Ugwanyi reduced their pay and beckoned to their esteemed political colleagues to do the same, some people were yimuing. These kind of politicians know the koko and have been sympathetic since. Resident doctors shelved their planned strike after Bubu shed more light on our dire situation that many can't believe is a fact.

    And NLC? *stiffles laugh*. I heard in Kaduna alone, the entire workforce of 87,000 pay an average of N2000 every blessed month to NLC...money is automatically deducted. That's N174 million a month...KADUNA ALONE! Hope we don't have a Panama like paper released soon, because the UNILAG *riot* will be like a rehearsal.

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  4. I seriously think NLC should declare a strike then maybe the GOVT can know we are really serious and hopefully do something about the hardship. Cos mehn these are tough times

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  5. I reckon that a strike wouldn't serve the collective interest of the Nigerian citizen. To propose a strike, one needs to first answer a basic question - what is the government doing now that shouldn't be done or what isn't it doing that should be done? The causative issues for this current hardship have gradually built up and would even take a longer period of time to wipe out. No thanks to poor leadership and also poor followership, we are almost at the breaking point. If we can understand that the de facto system of governance we run in this country do not serve the best interest of Nigeria, we might be able to sit down and draft a working guide that would forestall future occurrences of this kind.

    Let's consider the alternative, a nationwide strike. A lot of Nigerians depend on their day to day hussle to offset their costs of living; the market women, the cab and okada drivers, the shop owners etc. This is potentially lost revenue for Nigerians and the Nigerian government and could be exploited by ineffective leaders as a reason for the hardship thereby reinforcing the hardship one sought out to cure.

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