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Presidency, stakeholders wary of unrest at varsities

14 April 2016, 20:50

Abuja - The Office of the Special Assistant to President on Youths and Students’ Affairs (OSAPYS) has reached out to major stakeholders towards resolving the students unrest at campuses.

Special Assistant to the President on OSAPYS, Nasir Sa’idu Adhama, said his office has been in constant consultations with relevant stakeholders to resolve the issue.

The stakeholders include institutions’ managements, students’ union leaders, the National Universities Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Board for Technical Education towards addressing the incidence of unstable power supply which has reduced water supply and caused a hike in transportation fares at the troubled institutions.

In the Interim, a high level 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 affected campuses.

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These include Unversities of Port Harcourt, Lagos Benue State and Adekunle Ajasin among others.

Adhama, who expressed condolence and sympathy on the loss of lives in some of the protests, however appealed to students to maintain law and order in the pursuit of their 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,” Adhama said.

He called on students to engage management in constant consultation as the best negotiating tool in addressing current contentions arising from change in institution’s policies.

“I wish to draw our student leaders’ and students attention to the three Cs’ of Consultation, Consolidation and Confrontation which they are familiar with,” said Adhama.

“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.” 



- CAJ News

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