By Kingsley Omonobi
Following the recent spate of unrest in some tertiary institutions in the country, such as the University of Port-Harcourt, UNIPORT, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Benue State University among others, the office of the Special Assistant to President on Youths and Students’ Affairs (OSAPYS), has reached out to major stakeholders towards resolving the problem.
Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Students’ Affairs, Nasir Sa’idu Adhama, who made the disclosure, noted that his office has been in constant consultation with relevant stakeholders.
These include the institutions’ managements, students’ union leaders, the National Universities Commission, NUC, the Federal Ministry of Education, and the National Board for Technical Education.
The consultation it was learned is aimed towards addressing the incidence of unstable power supply which has reduced water supply and caused a hike in transportation fares at these troubled institutions.
Adhama said: “In the Interim, a high powered fact finding team, is being constituted to work with relevant agencies and affected institutions to ascertain the immediate causes of the crises and proffer solutions for academic activities to be restored at these affected campuses.”
While expressing condolence and sympathy on the loss of lives in some of the protests, Adhama, however, appealed to Nigerian students to maintain law and order in the pursuit of their legitimate rights.
“The Federal Government remains committed to addressing the lingering power and energy challenges and needs the support and understanding of all Nigerians to achieve desired results,” he said.
Condemning destructions of public properties during some of the protests, he called on students to engage management in constant consultations as the best negotiating tool in addressing all current contentions arising from change in institution’s policies.”
A statement signed by Okpanachi Jacob, Technical Assistant (Students), OSAPYS, quoted the SSA to the President as saying, “I wish to draw our student leaders’ and students’ attention to the three Cs’ of Consultation, Consolidation and Confrontation which they are familiar with.
“Reports so far gathered confirm poor consultation between students’ leaders and institution’s management before adopting confrontation as a solution to the plights of students at our campuses.”