By Emmanuel Addeh
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Port Harcourt Zone, on Sunday took on the Federal Government for its inability to halt the pains inflicted on Nigerians by the prolonged scarcity of petroleum products and incessant power shortages.
According to the ASUU leadership in the zone, despite the urgency of the problem, the federal government does not have a road map for solving the problems in both sectors.
The union which also decried the failure of the Bayelsa Government to pay salaries of the Niger Delta University workers since this year, demanded the immediate declaration of a state of emergency in universities in the state.
According to the body, aside the inability of the governor of the state, Mr Seriake Dickson, to pay salaries, another area of concern was the decaying infrastructure in schools in the state, especially the NDU.
ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Prof Beke Sese, who spoke on several issues in Yenagoa, the state capital, noted that ‘prevarication’ and ‘unfulfilled promises’ have characterised the government’s handling of several critical sectors.
The academic union said that it was regrettable that Nigerians have again been subjected to an excruciating bout of suffering, occasioned by the fuel scarcity, poor electricity supply and the increasing rise in prices goods.
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