ASUU Strike: APC Youth Leader is Unaware and Insensitive, Says PDP New Generation

ASUU Strike: APC Youth Leader is Unaware and Insensitive, Says PDP New Generation

  • The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in Nigeria has lasted for over seven months
  • Nigerian lecturers commenced the strike over the failure of the federal government to re-consider the revitalization of public universities, amongst other issues
  • Attempts by an official of the ruling party in the country to dismiss the strike has been condemned by opposition elements

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FCT, Abuja - Audu Mahmood, Director-General of the PDP New Generation, has described as embarrassing the recent comments attributed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader, Dayo Israel, concerning the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

In a statement sent to on Tuesday, September 20, Mahmood stated that the APC youth leader who should know better and stand with young Nigerians sitting at home, and out of school for over 6 months in a roll, is making excuses for his party.

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Audu Mahmood
Audu Mahmmod said the comments of the APC Youth Leader is sheer wickedness. Photo credit: @PDPnewgen
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Israel, a Lagos-born politician, had said at the event:

“Let me first clarify, the country’s education system is not on a standstill because most of our state universities, if not all, are in operation.

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“The issue of the ASUU strike is about federal universities. And this is not just about the government, but also an issue between ASUU as an institution. It’s a trade relation matter.”

Reacting to the speech of the APC youth leader, Mahmood said:

“He went on liking the scenario as that of an employer-employee relationship which is dismissing his party, of any wrongdoing, despite all their promises of fixing Nigeria and by extension the education section.
“It is not news that APC is anti-people and in their settings, the agenda is to ruin lives and destinies.

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“First and foremost, you must pay attention and you must also respect your leaders, you must cultivate the attitude of followership.
“We are addressing this because of the APC youth leader’s title and the assumption that he is representing the youths in APC – and as young people we should be interested in the plight of young Nigerians, not even when we are directly affected by ASUU’s incessant strikes.
“Such reckless utterances should never be made by young people talk-less of a leader. The APC government has failed and it should be seen as such. On no account should anyone sane, make excuses on their behalf - it’s sheer wickedness.”

He went on to say the PDP will always provide pro-people policies and will negotiate where necessary with relevant institutional stakeholders if the party takes over power in 2023.

He added:

“The Atiku/Okowa presidency will surely settle all the registered displeasure of ASUU if given the chance and opportunity to lead the next government.

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“We therefore call on all students and youths to put their weight behind the PDP to ensure that Nigeria is reset and rescued from the hands of the failed APC.”

Nyesom Wike speaks on ongoing ASUU strike

In a related development, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has called on the striking academic union, ASUU, to reconsider some of their demands and end the strike.

The governor noted that the strike is a result of electing leaders who are not problem solvers, adding that proper negotiation would have halted the problem.

Calling on ASUU to reconsider some of its demands, Wike said that no government will pay out the huge amount that ASUU is asking for.

Pro-Chancellors move for increase of lecturers' salary amid ASUU strike

Recall that on Friday, September 16, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the committee of pro-chancellors to deliberate on possible solutions to end the ongoing strike.

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It was revealed that several pleas were made to the president concerning the wages of lecturers but he promised to get back to them in earnest.

Reeling out the outcome of the meeting, a member of the committee, Professor Yakubu Ochefu disclosed that the initial offer from the government was very low.


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