Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, has denied a media report quoting him as saying that the team of negotiators on the side of the Federal Government in the ongoing talks with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is incompetent.
A national daily (not the Vanguard) had in a report, on Tuesday, quoted Governor Aliyu as “doubting the abilities of the negotiators on the side of the Federal Government to achieve any breakthrough in the ongoing dialogue with the lecturers.”
But in a reaction, Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo, described the story as untrue, urging the reading public to disregard the report.
He said the report was misleading and did not reflect Governor Aliyu’s comments at the National Universities Commission, NUC, in Abuja where the Niger State’s helmsman addressed a orkshop on the third Regional Centre of Expertise, RCE.
The statement said: “What Governor Aliyu said was that Federal Government can afford to offer free basic and senior secondary education while heavily subsidizing tertiary education if government officials cut down on spending public funds unnecessarily.
“Governor Aliyu encouraged constant dialogue between labour unions and government, stressing that strikes were unheard of in other West African countries because there was constant dialogue between the unions and government.”