UAD’s PRESS STATEMENT
FG: ACCEDE TO ASUU’S DEMANDS
The United Action for Democracy
(UAD) solidarizes with the Academic
Staff of Universities (ASUU) in the
struggle to save the Nigerian
educational system in our tertiary
institutions. ASUU has once again been
forced to embark on an indefinite
strike action, having explored all means possible to make government live up to the agreement it signed with the Union in 2009.
The reasons given by ASUU for
embarking on the strike are cogent and fundamental. That the educational
system is in doldrums cannot be over-
emphasized, the quality of education
from Primary to the Tertiary level falls
short of the standard required to
achieve any kind of development given
the environment and situation under
which the practitioners/ stakeholders
carry out their functions.
The facilities are in terrible state if they
exist or where they exist; with classrooms, hostels that are dilapidated; libraries without books; laboratories without chemicals added with lack of electricity and water supply. In our Universities, Kerosene stoves are used in the laboratories instead of Bunsen burners and sachet water nylons are used to store specimens while generators are used as source of power.
Without doubts, environments like
these are not enabling for learning and
teaching! Hence, the Universities churn
out half-baked graduates. Education is
the bedrock of development in any
society, a society that handles its
educational system the way it’s done
here in Nigeria jeopardizes the
development and future of the society.
Basically, ASUU is demanding that
education should be adequately funded in our public Universities, at both Federal and State levels so as to
revitalize and save the sector from
further deterioration. This entails the
government living up to the agreement
it SIGNED with Union in 2009.
But alas, the government has come up with very ridiculous excuses that stands logic on Its head including the claim that government does not have money and that it was the President Umar Yar’adua led PDP government that signed the 2009 agreement with ASUU!
We assert that government is a
continuum, like in a relay race, once
there is an exchange of baton, the
runner that takes the baton inherits all
the faults and merits of the previous
runner. It is therefore irresponsible for
the President Goodluck Jonathan-led
Federal government to say it did not
sign the agreement with ASUU and
thus cannot abide by it. From the
moment the present PDP-led Federal
government took charge after Yar’
Adua’s demise, it had inherited all the
assets and liabilities of the predecessor!
The claim that government does not
money to fund education is not
acceptable in the face of the lavishing
of the resources of the country on
frivolous issues that are vaguely
relevant to the development of our
country. Nigeria, a country that spent
trillions of naira to bail-out failed
banks; pumped billions of naira into
Nollywood; spent billions in celebrating
the First Lady’s resurrection; spent
trillions on ‘ex-militants; pays its
legislators about the highest salaries
globally, but has no money to fund
education! What a calamity!!
Government must stop these
absurdities now! The role of education
in the development of a society is too
significant to be toyed with; the
government must jettison misplaced
priorities by abating its unnecessary
waste of the country resources and
channel the resources towards
revamping the education sector.
For ASUU, the slogan should be ‘NO
RETREAT, NO SURRENDER’! All well-
meaning Nigerians should support the
struggle to save the educational system by organizing or joining protests, rallies, etc. to pressurize the apparently non-listening government to accede to ASUU’s demands NOW!
If we fight, we can win, and we will
only be ensuring our socio-economic
and political development and saving
the future of the present generation
and the generation yet unborn. If don’t
fight, we are doomed!
Publicity Secretary, United Action for
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