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The leadership of the African Democratic Party (ADC) has announced that it is backing the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Dumebi Kachikwu, in his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to step aside if he cannot find solutions to the country’s worsening security situation and fix the economy.
The party also berated the Federal Government’s present approach to the ongoing industrial action by university lecturers.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that the university lecturers had in February this year embarked on a strike that has left the universities shut since then.
ADC promised to engage with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the coming days.
The party made the comments at a joint meeting of its board of trustees and national working committee in Abuja.
In a related development, the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to sheathe its sword and reach a compromise with the Federal Government over their ongoing strike.
According to the JAMB registrar, both parties will have to take hard decisions if the issues are to be solved permanently.
He made the comments during a tour of some centres in Lagos where JAMB’s mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination held.
‘I appeal to ASUU, I appeal to government,’ Professor Oloyede disclosed.
‘Please solve the problem so our children can go back to school.
‘Even if ASUU goes back to the classroom, that will not prevent it from happening tomorrow.
‘I believe that what we should do is to look at the system. And take some very hard decisions.
‘If we do not take hard decisions, we are postponing the evil day.’
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had earlier declared that the government will not allow the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to plunge it into another burden of borrowings.