APC Professionals, Government Lawyers Group on ASUU Strike

The All Progressives Congress Professional Forum on Tuesday in Abuja called on the federal government to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and fund the country’s higher education institutions to ensure a permanent solution to the permanent strike of the University Academic Staff Union.

The forum’s chairman, board and former governor of Bauchi State, Dr. Isa Yuguda made the call during a press conference in Abuja.

Yuguda said, “The forum expresses its concern over the recurrent strikes by university professors in Nigeria and advises the government, including state governments, to provide a comprehensive solution to the problem of funding university education in Nigeria by introducing full autonomy in public universities in Nigeria.

“This should be complemented by a comprehensive national student loan scheme for indigent students which will ensure funding is not a challenge for our university students.

“We call on the Federal Government to take the bull by the horns and chart a new narrative in the administration and funding of higher education in Nigeria to introduce a permanent solution to the perennial problems plaguing this critical sector.”

In addition, a group, under the auspices of the Patriotic Elders of Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government and ASUU to ensure an amicable resolution of the ongoing dispute between them to save university education from collapse. total.

The group’s chairman, Dr Bature AbdulAziz, made the call when speaking with reporters in Kano on Tuesday.

AbdulAziz said, “Ministers of Education, Finance and other stakeholders should reach common ground that will lead to the immediate end of the ongoing strike to allow students to return to school. for academic activities to continue.

“In ongoing discussions, the federal government should release some of the funds requested from ASUU while the union should accept whatever comes their way.

“We remind the federal government of what it already knows about the vitality of our children’s education. Today, it takes six to seven years for students in Nigerian public universities to complete their education.

“Our children are threatened by the extension of their period of education, hence the reason why some travel abroad to acquire an education in places where the standards of education are lower than those in their own country. .”

Bature also called on ASUU to reconsider its demands and demands bearing in mind that the country is currently facing more financial problems than ever before and should not be inclined to display its past negative behaviors of insisting on the strike for a period of up to double digits. month.

“The education of our children is at stake and we call on ASUU decision makers to give due consideration to the future of these children.

“We call on both parties to consider the education of our children by not letting the education of the common man decline while their children attend expensive private schools inside and outside the country” , he added.

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