Strike: Kogi students beg govt, lecturers to resolve dispute

Strike: Kogi students beg govt, lecturers to resolve dispute

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:11 pm

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

Tired of staying at home following a prolonged lecturers’ strike, students in Kogi higher institutions have urged government to resolve its dispute with the lecturers so that classes would resume.

The students, who made the appeal in a press conference in Lokoja on Tuesday, regretted that the dispute had been allowed to drag for too long “at the expense of our studies”.

Their spokesman, Mr Chris Audam, of the Joint Campus Committee, said that he and his colleagues were anxious to go back to school, and appealed to the two parties to reach a compromise.

He dissociated students in the state-owned tertiary institutions from any protest against the state and federal governments, and declared that the students would not join forces with any group to cause trouble.

Audam advised politicians to steer clear of campuses, and warned that the committee would resist any attempt to incite students into any protest.

“We have evaluated the possibility of such protest being hijacked and considered it unacceptable. We do not believe that a public protest in Kogi State at this time is a wise venture.

“We, therefore, urge students to kick against any form of protest,” he said.

He, however, stressed the need for government and other stakeholders to rescue the education sector from total collapse, and expressed confidence in the ability Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to tackle issues confronting Kogi. (NAN)

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