Bashir, one of the sons of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has called for the scrapping of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
In a post on Monday, Bashir describe the lecturers’ union as a ‘useless union’ that should be dissolved and replaced with educators who care about students.
He said this in reaction to the extension of the strike action by ASUU which started in February 2023.
He tweeted, “ASUU is a very useless union. They should be scrapped & replaced with educators that actually give a damn about students and how that translates to the future of this country.”
Meanwhile, speaking to PUNCH, the Spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, explained that the government had taken all possible steps to end the strike.
He said, “As regards the next steps, the government has already inaugurated a committee to harmonise the IPPIS, UTAS, and UP3. This will ensure that the government will pay with only one payment platform that will harmonise all the technical peculiarities.
“If you bring some demands and almost 80% have been attended to, there is no need to drag the strike anymore.
“It is unreasonable for the strike to be lingering seeing as the government has worked towards fulfilling most of the demands.”
A member of the NEC who spoke in Abuja on Monday said, “The strike has been extended, and the leadership has decentralized the communication channel. We have received mandates to engage more with the media and the public to educate them on the struggles of ASUU”.