‘Victims of Persecution’ Urges SGF, 9 Others To Address ASUU Strike

<strong>‘Victims of Persecution’ Urges SGF, 9 Others To Address ASUU Strike</strong>

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Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, ‘Victims of Persecution’ has urged the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, nine other institutions and persons responsible for education in the country to address the issues surrounding the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The nine institutions and organizations are the ministers of education and labour and productivity, executive secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC; chairman, Senate Committee on Education (tertiary institutions); chairman, House Committee on Education (tertiary institutions), and the national president of ASUU.

The rest are the chairman, Association of Vice Chancellors of State owned Universities and the president National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS.

The organisation said it is disheartening that ASUU strike that began in February had kept students at home for four months running without any meaningful resolution in sight.

In a letter signed by the rapporteur of the organization and former Attorney-General of Imo State, Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN), the organization regretted that while the future of our youths are being mortgaged, government has looked the other way unconcerned about their bleak future.

“Government is unconcerned about the current state of education and related motley affairs in the country”, it stated.

It said there is no doubt that Nigeria is bedeviled with myriad of problems but these lingering perennial ASUU strikes are killing the future of the country.

“Suffice to say, today, you are one of the few persons that providence has positioned to contribute to the destiny of Nigeria and that of our children. This can only be achieved through conscious departure from our culture of lip service to functional education in our tertiary education”.

It regretted that despite the clear provisions of Article 11(3) of the African Charter on the Right and Welfare of the Child, that the country ascribed to, no effective step seems to have been taken to address the perennial ASUU strikes since 1988.

The Victims of Persecution observed that even the annual education budget has continued to drop over the years without any sign of improvement.

“Nigeria is the only country that experience this unflattering perennial monstrosity in its education sector.

“Government does not seem to be uncomfortable with this generational setback and critical decay in the heartbeat of the country’s tomorrow”.

“Soon there could be more guns than books and more kidnapping bushes than libraries”, the NGO said.

It also copied President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

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