One of Nigeria’s priorities should be its ability to ensure that the Nigerian child is not just well educated but also be given an assured future by protecting his interest at every stage of his life.
Just like in many other countries, education is one of the ways through which any responsible government can help empower the youths but how has the Nigerian education system helped young Nigerians in pursuing their dreams?
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has in so many ways crippled the dreams and futures of countless young Nigerians through their activities.
Since 1978 when the students governing body was founded, universities under her have gone for strikes countless times even on issues that probably could have been resolved through dialogue.
Due to some of these strike actions by ASUU, thousands of Nigerian students have started engaging in one criminal activity or the other while others have even lost their lives in a way or two.
Should we talk about those that have stayed extra years in school due to all these unnecessary decisions taken by ASUU?
In June 2016, the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, were sent home on strike by the academic and non academic staff of the school after they declared an indefinite strike in order to ensure that the State government pays their unpaid salaries.
For seven months now, these students are still at home with nothing being done about their education ‘nor their future as nobody seems to be bothered about their daily pain.
Again, Nairaland reported yesterday, January 22nd, 2017 that “the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has directed its members nationwide to boycott all academic and allied activities at the University of Ilorin.
This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of its Awka National Executive Council meeting, a copy of the sanctions which was made available to newsmen in Ibadan by the Chairman University of Ibadan Chapter of the union, Dr Deji Omole.”
Are there no other better and more peaceful ways of resolving issues between states or federal government and ASUU or academic or non academic staff of universities across the country?
No student deserves to be treated in any manner that is capable of ruining his career or future plans just because of bad academic system that could be worked on.
This should be a wakeup call for the federal government to ensure that education is one of its top priorities and also ensure stability in the system as the year unfolds.