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NAAT decries non-implementation of agreement by govt


University of Ilorin, where  meeting was held by the National Executive Council (NEC)

University of Ilorin, where meeting was held by the National Executive Council (NEC)

THE National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has berated the Federal Government over its refusal to implement the 2009 agreement.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Ilorin and signed by the President of the Association, Sani Suleiman, NAAT demanded full implementation of the agreement.

The communiqué, not only demanded for full implementation of the agreement, but also asked the Federal Government to set up necessary machinery for the re-negotiation, which has been due since 2012.

It added: “WE call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, implement the agreement it freely entered into in 2009. The agreement is designed to be reviewed every three years and has been due for revision since 2012.

We are not just demanding that the 2009 FGN/NAAT Agreement be implemented, but the government also set up necessary machinery for the re-negotiation which has been due since 2012.”

On the general elections slated to begin this weekend, the NEC-In-session called on politicians to desist from making hate speeches and should rather focus attention on development issues.

It said: “Politicians should use different language for campaign and the campaigns should be issue-based. NAAT calls on all politicians, INEC and security agencies to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

NAAT urges the general public to us the opportunity of the extension of collection of Permanent Voter Card to collect their cards and exercise their franchise. NAAT also urges Federal Government to ensure that there is no further shift in the election dates. 29th May should remain sacrosanct for swearing-in of the next government.”

Reacting to the downward petrol price and reduction in electricity tariffs, NAAT urged Federal Government to effect further reduction of petrol to N65 per litre saying, “government should further reduce the fuel pump price to N65 per litre because the current price of N87 per liter is still on the high side. The slash in electricity tariff should be effected and pre-paid metres made available to customers”

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