Shehu Sani, a former legislator, has spoken on the dispute between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is the cause of the university lecturers’ over seven-month-old strike.
Sani criticized the Federal Government’s move to ask vice chancellors to reopen public universities in response to the Industrial Court’s judgment.
In a letter made public to journalists on Monday, signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the FG had instructed all vice-chancellors, pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of public universities to re-open schools.
However, in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was also signed by the National Universities Commission Director of Finance and Account, Sam Onazi, the Commission withdrew the order.
Reacting to the development, Sani via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, slammed the Federal Governement for giving the order in the first place.
He tagged it as the “dumbest” attempt to reopen public universities without key areas addressed and concrete resolution reached.
The former senator, therefore, called for the intervention of the former Heads of State in order to resolve the lingering strike.
“Asking the VCs to reopen the universities without a concrete resolution reached is the dumbest thing to do. The reversal is acknowledged. I call on the former Heads of state to step in and mediate an end to this tango”, the tweet read.