Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has berated the representatives of the Federal Government involved in the negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Bellnews Online reports that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, are the representatives of the government negotiating with ASUU.
On Friday, Bello claimed in an interview with Channels Television that the ministers’ comments were callous and did not do President Muhammadu Buhari justice.
The governor emphasized how much President Buhari cares about education and the industry, stating that the Nigerian president will not permit the educational system to disintegrate while in office.
However, he urged President Buhari to make sure that the protracted strike is addressed. According to Governor Bello, those whom the president directed to handle the prolonged ASUU strike are embarrassing him.
“I don’t think they [ministers] are portraying Mr. President well,” he remarked. Even the kids during that lockdown were fed at home since this dad cared so much about education.
“Those Mr. President entrusted with handling this time-consuming matter are not doing it justice.”
Bello went on to say that the money allocated to respond to COVID-19 could have been used to end the ongoing ASUU strike.
The governor claimed that the money utilized by the nation to purchase nose masks and hand sanitizers for COVID might have been used to pay the lecturers who were on strike.
In regards to the issue of no COVID-19, I believe I am still a loner, as if I used to say: “I’ll go back to the days when I was a loner. The trillions spent on hand sanitizers and nose masks may have done a lot to resolve the ASUU issue, but that’s it, he said.