Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has received the report of a committee set up by the state government to investigate the 12 May students’ unrest at the Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE).
He said having received the recommendation of the committee and heard from several stakeholders and leaders in the state on the need for the college to reopen, his administration would look into the possibility of doing so.
He directed the Governing Council of the SSCOE to convene a meeting with a view to reopening the college.
The Governor also assured the people of the state that the government would implement the recommendations of the committee, reiterating his
belief that doing so would prevent future occurrence, not in all tertiary institutions in the state.
It could be recalled that the Institution was closed down as a result of student unrest that resulted in the killing of a female student of the college late Deborah Emanuel accused of blasphemy.
Meanwhile, the governor appealed to the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to find common ground toward ending the prolonged strike embarked upon by the union.
“No issues are being resolved. We must, in the interest of our children and our country, find a common ground,” he advised.
He observed that there is give and take in negotiations, stating that ASUU and the federal government should shift positions and accommodate each other so that students could return to school.
The governor appealed to the local chapter of the ASUU of Sokoto State University who are in solidarity with the national body to reconsider their position as the state is making efforts to meet all the demands of the union as reasonably as possible, just as the state government has been paying the varsity staff salary regularly.
“You should not be in solidarity with the national body of ASUU since you are not affected by their demands. By expressing solidarity with them you are harming your own students and that solidarity is a very negative one. Please call it off and go back to work,” Tambuwal added
In his address, the chairman of the 12-man investigation committee of the SSCOE crisis, Engineer Abdullah I Bakale said the committee has done a thorough investigation of the matter which led them to write a comprehensive report on the matter.