Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and Stakeholders in the Education sector, in Ogun State, have endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as the next President of Nigeria, ahead of the February 16 general elections.
The Lecturers made the endorsement, after holding a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South) and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, at the Political Academy, in Sagamu.
The Lecturers maintained that the political class have pauperised the people, causing them to sway their votes with little inducements, resulting in the election of incompetent Leaders.
They also lamented the state of education in Ogun State, and how Institutions of higher learning are starved of funds, with accumulated salaries and allowances going unpaid for months.
Lauding the restructuring agenda of Atiku, juxtaposed with “his commitment to create jobs for the teeming masses”, the Lecturers stated that the Candidate’s policies will take Nigeria out of the woods, and put the country back on track.
“Atiku’s promise of restructuring the nation, and provision of jobs for the unemployed, are key to a nation’s development; and the academia is ready to lend their weight behind the PDP Candidate, in order not to have a repeat of the 2015 scenario. We are on the same page with Atiku, and whatever we do, we do it well”, one of Lecturers said.
Otunba Daniel thereafter, assured the Lecturers of Atiku’s undying passion for restructuring. “It should be noted that Atiku has been talking incessantly about restructuring for the past years, and already has the blueprint as encapsulated in his compendium of speeches.”
Restructuring, he stressed, is all about decentralisation, so that power is not concentrated in the centre, while impoverishing the States and Local Governments.
“The challenge we have is that we have to rise up and say enough is enough of the present government”, Daniel said.
The meeting, Daniel said, was timely, and in the utmost interest of the people, so that “we do not miss out in the forthcoming dispensation.
“The coming elections will be a defining moment in the political history of our country. Buhari has failed in all his cardinal programmes of improving the economy, provision of adequate security, and fighting corruption. He has instead been playing politics with corruption. We cannot perform experiment with the Presidency. This is not about Buhari, but about the future of the country. The question is if we want the status quo to remain, or if we want a change”, he added.
Meanwhile, ASUU, on Thursday night, suspended its three-month strike, following an agreement it reached with the Federal Government.
According to reports, Lecturers have also been asked to resume on Friday.
The information was revealed on ASUU’s Twitter handle, @ASUUNGR.
The strike was called off, after a 2-hour meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.
Ngige stressed that after the meeting, eight areas of disagreements were discussed and agreed upon by the two parties, while expressing gratitude to ASUU Leadership for their understanding.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, revealed that Lecturers are to resume on Friday, February 8, 2019.