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.
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
leaders and institution’s management before adopting
confrontation as a solution to the plights of students at our campuses.”
- CAJ News