Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President, on Wednesday, called on the Federal Government of the country to resolve the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) crisis without further delay.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President emphasised the need for Nigeria’s universities to be re-opened without further delay, stating the fact that the education of Nigeria’s youth is being negatively affected by the stance of the government and is also disenfranchising them.
Recall in November 2016, the Senate intervened in the ASUU strike and met with the officials of the Ministries of Education and Labour, Employment and Productivity and the ASUU.
“The FG must immediately work to address the demands of the ASUU, because the issues goes beyond negotiations. It is affecting the education of Nigeria’s students and disenfranchising many of them from participating in the coming general elections.
“In another vein, our youths make up over 51 per cent of registered voters. What does this mean for our electoral process, when young students who are registered to vote in their academic institutions, cannot do so because their schools are shutdown? This is unacceptable.
“In this regard, I call on the FG to immediately work on meeting the demands of ASUU and honouring all its prior commitments. On our part, the Senate will continue to work to ensure that Nigeria’s education sector is strengthened and we are ready and willing to collaborate with both the FG and ASUU to end this strike, and ensure that it does not become a recurrent issue,” Saraki stated.
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