Northern Youths Call For Resignation Of Education, Labour&Productivity Ministers Over ASUU Strike


The Association of Northern Youths for the Advancement of Peace, Harmony and Development have asked the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayattu Rufai, and her Labour and Productivity counterpart, Emeka Wogu, to resign for their inability to resolve the long-standing trade dispute between university lecturers and the Federal Government.

The group accused the two ministers of failing to protect the interests of students.

In a statement signed in Jos on Friday by the President of the group, Mr. Melvin Ejeh, the youths said by allowing the trade dispute to linger, the two government functionaries had failed in their duty and had no justification to remain in office.

The youth said in the event that they failed to heed the advice, they would have no alternative but to embark on mass action to force them to leave office.

“The ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities is a complete show of incompetence and lack of respect for the future of Nigerian students. We have watched with utmost dismay the manner in which the government and its agents have been handling the issues of Nigeria’s most important community-the academic community.

“We are aware that most of these public officers enjoyed free education and even got automatic employments. We wonder why they are adamant about ASUU and students’ plights since 2009.”

While urging President Goodluck Jonathan to take necessary steps to make sure that the lecturers go back to work, they also asked him to sack the two ministers in the event that they failed to resign.