In order to resolve the current industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Federal Government has ordered Vice-Chancellors in universities to re-open schools and to allow students to resume lectures.
This was contained in a letter signed, on Monday, September 26, by the Director, Finance and Accounts of National Universities Commission, NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed in Abuja.
The letter which was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities, called on them to re-open the universities.
“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses”, the letter reads.
ASUU had embarked on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.
Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in deadlock due to non- agreement in the demands
The federal government went to court to challenge the strike but the union insisted it would not resume but however appeal the court’s ruling.
Meanwhile, for the All Progressives Congress (APC); or the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to extend their hold on power during the general elections of 2023; according to African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate Dumebi Kachikwu, would be “inhuman, unholy, wicked, and disgusting.”
At the same time, he advised Nigerians not to support the PDP or APC; claiming that both parties have made matters worse for the country’s citizens.
In a statement released by his campaign office in Abuja, on Sunday, September 25, 2022; Kachikwu said that the two parties have mismanaged the nation for the past 20 years; leaving Nigerians severely poor and elevating the nation to the title of “poverty capital of the world.”
He said that the two parties are synonymous with greed, avarice, corruption, and cluelessness; therefore, should no longer be entrusted with the task of managing the rich human and material resources of a potentially great country like Nigeria.
Further, he bemoaned the fact that the nation has continued to trail behind in all development metrics since 1999; particularly when the PDP came to office and held it until it was replaced by the APC in 2015.
In addition, Kachikwu charged that both parties were responsible for the collapse of the economy; as well as the impoverishment of Nigerians, whose daily living conditions were getting worse and worse.