The Regional Director, National Youth Development and
Intervention in the Niger Delta region , captain Boms Graham Boms says the
action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is a conspiracy
against not only students of the Rivers State University of Science and
Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt but also the entire Rivers people.
Capt Boms, who led a delegation to the Rivers State
Newspaper Corporation, printers of The Tide in reaction to the lingering
imbroglio at the premier university of Science and Technology in Nigeria, said
ASUU was working on a hidden agenda which is manifesting from the state Governor,
Chibuike Amaechi’s decision to reappoint Prof Barineme Fakae as Vice Chancellor
of the university.
“I am asking ASUU to move away from the hidden agenda and
come out to support Prof Fakae and his transformation agenda for the
institution which is in line with the state and federal governments’ policy.
Fakae is doing well.
‘Let ASUU not turn the hand of the clock back because if the
strike continues, the students will suffer and they will not go for youth corps
service and they will definitely lose the full academic year, Boms stressed,
pointing out that parents of the students are not happy with the ugly
According to him, the problem of who appoints or who is
appointed a vice chancellor does not concern ASUU and the Governor, Rt Hon
Chibuike Amaechi did what he is supposed to do in line with due process and as
the visitor of the university.
“ASUU should allow Fakae to continue with the good work he
is doing for the benefit of everybody and the state in particular. I have gone
to the RSUST as a very practical person to see things for myself and to find
out from the university management and community including students, I saw or
heard nothing to hold Fake against, so he should be allowed to work”, he said.