President Muhammedu Buhari, Sunday, expressed sadness over the continued strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. He stated this in his Independence-Day broadcast monitored by Adadareporters.com in Abuja.
He said, “I appeal to them to return to classes, while I assure them of solutions within our scarce resources. We continue to mobilise resources both within and outside Nigeria to fund our education because it is the determinant of economic and human growth.”
ASUU has been on strike since 14th February this year over the federal government’s failure to adequately fund the university education. The federal government recently dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, with the court ordering ASUU to call off the strike. ASUU has however appealed through its lead counsel Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, a student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Osita Odo, told our correspondent that there is nothing to celebrate at Nigeria’s 62nd Independence today.
He said, “What do you want to celebrate when our leaders don’t trust our education system? They train their children and wards overseas, and pay lip service to our education system. It is the same story in public primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. And you want me to celebrate failure!
“The ASUU strike cannot be resolved. I supposed to graduate this year, but it is no more feasible. And I am getting old by the day. Nothing to celebrate. We are mourning rather.”