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Abuja:Students’ Wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG-SW), on Saturday, faulted the Federal Government’s litigation against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reopen Nigerian public universities without arriving at the solutions on burning issues.
The group called on president muhammadu Buhari and all the stakeholders to speedily engage with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) to resolve these impasses to reopen the institutions.
National Coordinator of the group, Emuseh Gimba Bokunga, stated this in Abuja, at the press briefing, asked President muhammadu Buhari to engage the union himself to resolve this problem within the shortest possible time just like what Goodluck Jonathan did around 2014 when there was a similar situation.
She said: “The CNG-SW is worried that the Federal Government could not genuinely engage the university teachers after months of the strike only to resort to using legal instruments to stifle their legitimate demands and force them to classes without addressing key issues in their demands.
“CNG-SW faulted the use of the legal process by the federal government to jeopardize the process and prolong the possible amicable resolution to the crisis.
“It is reprehensible that former and present Chief Justices of the Federation remain aloof to the situation of the multitudes of young Nigerians whose educational pursuit has been put to a halt.
“We call on the Federal Government to hasten the withdrawal of the litigious process to allow for a quick intervention by the Speaker to handle the problem genuinely, quickly, and finally. It is our genuine concern that forcing lecturers to return to universities without resolving the crisis will only further frustrate the negotiation process.
“We have observed with dismay that several promising and committed academics have resigned and exited the country and picked up academic careers elsewhere upping the issue of brain drain in the public universities”.
The CNG-SW condemned insensitive pasture and arrogant display of graduation of President Buhari’s daughter-in-law by the first lady, Aisha Buhari from a foreign university while Nigerian universities have remained under lock and key.