Federal Government Should Resolve ASUU Crisis Without Delay – Saraki



President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Federal Government to immediately end the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that is entering its 62nd day.

In a
statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph
Olaniyonu, Saraki emphasised the need for Nigeria’s universities to be
re-opened without further delay, highlighting the fact that the
education of Nigeria’s young people is being negatively affected by the
stance of the government and is also disenfranchising the youths, many
of whom are registered to vote in their universities — but are now stuck
in their homes.

“In November 2016, the Senate intervened in the
ASUU strike and met with the officials of the Ministries of Education
and Labour, Employment and Productivity and the Academic Staff Union of

“At that meeting, which was attended by the
Minister of State for Education Anthony Anwuka and Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Labour and Productivity in the National Assembly, we agreed
that the Federal Government should work to implement the agreement that
it reached with ASUU in 2009, and subsequently, we set up a
sub-committee to liaise with both ASUU and the Federal Government on
this issue.

“The Federal Government must immediately work to
address the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU),
because this issue goes beyond negotiations. It is affecting the
education of Nigeria’s students, and disenfranchising many of them from
participating in the upcoming general elections.

“Make no
mistake, we cannot continue this system whereby our universities will be
frequently shut down, thereby slowing down the education of our young
people — and creating negative bottlenecks that place unnecessary stress
on our universities.

“In another vein, our youth make up over 51
percent of registered voters. What does this mean for our electoral
process, when young students who are registered to vote in their
academic institutions, cannot do so because their schools are shut down?
This is unacceptable.

“In this regard, I call on the Federal
Government to immediately work on meeting the demands of ASUU and
honouring all its prior commitments. On our part, the Senate will
continue to work to ensure that Nigeria’s education sector is
strengthened — and we are ready and willing to collaborate with both the
Federal Government and ASUU to end this strike, and ensure that it does
not become a recurrent issue,” Saraki stated.


Yusuph Olaniyonu

Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the Senate President



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