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Concern mounts as University strike lingers


Commentator wants Education minister sacked

By Nsikan Ikpe


Concern is mounting across university campuses in Nigeria given the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government in failing to negotiate a speedy end to its industrial dispute with non-teaching staff in the university system, two months after it began.

The unions, the Non Academic Staff Union, NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU have been on strike since the beginning of last month, leaving the campuses in different levels of paralysis.

A commentator spoken to on the subject noted that beside the self-confessed slow pace of decision-making by the administration, this particular strike and indeed the overall fortunes of the Education ministry have been further negatively impacted by the poor performance of its pick for the captaincy of the critical education ministry, the incumbent minister, Adamu Adamu.

In his view, the first thing that is needed then would be the sack of the minister and his replacement with a more competent personality.

The action is also affecting the resumption of last year’s freshly admitted students in several universities, the holding of convocation ceremonies and the use of basic facilities by students and lecturers in institutions that have not been outrightly shut down.


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