Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, has rendered an apology to Nigerian after sharing a picture of him saying he went to Harvard business school to study / take a leadership course, in the prestigious University in the United States of America.
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Femi who shared the picture of him in Harvard on Monday, the same day the Nigerian Labour Congress and ASUU had a solidarity march over the on-going strike and labour crisis in Nigeria, met serious critics.
He was also labelled as insensitive to the plight of Nigerian students currently suffering from the shutdown of academic activities in public universities due to the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other unions.
After all the critisizing and abolishing of his actions, House of Representatives Speaker apologized Nigerians via his official Twitter account, the admitted that sharing the tweet as insensitive. He went on to list some of his efforts to ensure the face-off between lecturers and the federal government is resolved. Gbajabiamila tweeted;
“Yesterday, I posted a picture of myself at the @Harvard @Kennedy_School, undergoing a course. That post was not sensitive to the present feelings of fellow citizens, especially parents and students who are presently bearing the brunt of the ongoing closure of public universities owing to the unresolved issues between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“I apologize for the post at this time, and I hope you will understand that it was not my intention to cause disaffection. As Speaker of @HouseNGR,I have made multiple interventions within the powers of the legislature to avert the ongoing strike.I had direct engagements with ASUU..relevant government agencies.
“The House of Representatives is still keenly involved in seeking a resolution to the issues so our students can return to school. We all await the outcome of the 2-week ultimatum given for the conclusion of negotiations with ASUU.
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“I have long been a champion of public education in Nigeria, and I have consistently advocated programs, policies and investments to improve the quality of public education in the country.
“In my constituency and beyond, I have attracted a new international students hostel in UNILAG, facilitated access to free internet WiFi in ALL public tertiary institutions in Lagos State; provision of modern ICT centres in 24 secondary schools across the state, provision of scholarships and grants to indigent students in selected tertiary institutions,..
provision of laptops to ALL secondary school teachers in my constituency and hundreds of students, facilitated the renovation of over 15 public schools in Lagos, facilitated the ongoing construction of the Open University Campus and JAMB CBT Centre in my constituency,
facilitated the ongoing construction of School Auditoriums in both LASU and School of Legal Studies, Katsina; facilitated the construction of a public library in Ondo; facilitated the ongoing construction of an emergency care centre for the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital amongst other numerous interventions.
In keeping with my passion for education, I regularly take time to teach in some public secondary schools across the country.”