The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, seeked immediate resignation of Adamu Adamu, the Minister for Education, over continuous strikes embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
It also requested the minister to submit an unreserved apology to the nation for walking out on the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), who went to his office to seek his intervention to end the ongoing strike in the nation’s public universities.
In a press release issued by Debo Ologunagba, its National publicity Secretary, the PDP emphasized that Adamu’s action was an assault and disgrace to the nation’s education sector
“By insulting and refusing to receive members of NANS, Adamu abdicated his duties and exhibited an unpardonable discourteousness unfitting of a minister of Nigeria, let alone a minister of education.
“His action amounted to spitting in the face of the Nigerian youths and their parents, a conduct that is characteristic of the impunity, insensitivity and arrogant disdain for Nigerians, which have permeated the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration,” the statement reads.
BESIDES, the students’ wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has also seeked Adamu’s immediate resignation over his failure to end the current ASUU strike.
The group also promised to collaborate with NANS on its planned National Day of Action to close down the country over continuous strikes in the country’s tertiary institutions of learning.
Speaking at a media briefing in Katsina state, National Coordinator of CNG, Comrade Jamilu Charanchi, berated the Federal Government over its unconcerned attitude towards ending the strike.
Charanchi bewailed that the Federal Government was not disturbed that the future of Nigerian students was being played with as result of the continuous industrial actions.
He, therefore, cautioned that the government’s failure to immediately resolve the issue would force the students wing of CNG to work with NANS and shut down the country on its National Day of Action.
However, subsequent to the development, the Federal Government has reconstituted a team to renegotiate the 2009 agreements with ASUU.
A press release issued by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, stated that the new renegotiation team will be headed by Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs.
Members of the reconstituted 2009 FGN/University-Based Unions Agreements Re-negotiation Team are, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari Lawrence Patrick Ngbale (North East); Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Prof. Funmi Togunu-Bickersteth (South West); Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja, Chris Adighije (South East), among others from the geopolitical zones of the country.
MEANWHILE, immediate former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Hakeem Fawehinmi has depicted the chaos in the country’s universities over ASUU’s industrial action as “a deliberate government effort to undermine education.
Speaking with Newsmen in Abuja on the incessant strikes embarked upon by ASUU, Fawehinmi stated that the strike was necessary if only to make the Federal Government come to terms with the realities of the country’s tertiary education.