We Demand FG To Take Urgent Steps To Reopen Varsities For Academic Activities To Resume – PD

In a press release by the PDP Students Association of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State chapter, titled “ASUU Strike: Feasting On Imposed Misfortune,” urged the Federal Government to immediately take steps necessary to suspend strike for the reopening of Nigerian universities.


The statement, signed by Comrade Ekpono-Abasi Uko, its public secretary, reads in part;


“For nearly two months since February 14, 2022, students in Nigerian public universities have been forced to stay out of school due to an ugly trend that had long become a counter productive characteristic feature of public universities in Nigeria. To further worsen the harm already done, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) just announced a 12 – week elongation of its industrial action against the APC led Federal Government, which if executed to the later, will keep students out of school for five months consecutively, over a matter that any responsible government can resolve.


It is a public knowledge that the Federal Government in its habitual negligence of key sectors of the economy, has continued to impose an avoidable misfortune in the education sector of the country, while going about the pursuit of selfish mission of 2023 politics at the expense of real development concerns of Nigeria, a case of sheer wickedness of government upon the governed.


Forward thinking Nigerians have shuddered at the heighted insensitivity of the federal government towards the plight of university students, which is evident in the shameful drift of agenda from governance to 2023 politics, with nearly every key federal government official scrambling for APC tickets, suddenly being buoyant enough to seamlessly cough out ‘miracle money’ to the tune of N100 million for nomination form and at the same time pretending not to have enough funds to yield to ASUU’s demands.


More disdainful and utterly offensive to conscientious governance is how serving cabinet members including the Minister of Labour, have abandoned their assigned duties to pursue political ambitions, without caring about the sufferings of students who grossly constitute a significant quarter of the voting population. This is nothing but holding a feast to celebrate our woes.


We demand that urgent steps be taken by the Federal Government to resolve this streak of industrial action by ASUU, for academic activities to immediately resume in public universities. It is no crime nor curse to be students in Nigerian public universities and as citizens, the right to education is fundamental and must be upheld. Enough of prolonged academic years, enough of the out-of-school spree.”


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