Human rights advocate, Obidike tells FG to send students back to school.
Human rights and accountability advocate, Hon. Obidike Chukwuebuka, has told the Federal Government to end the ASUU strike, send students back to school, and improve the state of education in the country. He disclosed this in a statement in which he argued that the higher the students’ level of education and achievements, the better the opportunities that they will have. This statement comes in the heat of failed negotiations and counter efforts made between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government undergraduates of public universities in Nigeria at home for more than four months.
ASUU had embarked on a two-week warning strike on February 14, 2022 after the union accused the government of failing to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action signed between the union and the government since 2009. After the government failed to acquiesce to the union’s demands, they simply extended the strike for a month. Subsequently, the strike has been extended to this point. Recently, the federal government failed to make a crucial meeting which was to be a decisive factor in the calling off of the strike.
ASUU has embarked on 16 strike actions since 1999.
Since the strike embarked upon by the union in 1999, they have gone on 15 more. ASUU has had 16 strikes in total since 1999. During the administration of Retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, the union embarked on a total of 7 strikes: in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. During the administrations of Presidents Musa Yar’adua, Goodluck Jonathan, and Muhammadu Buhari, the union embarked on nine more strikes. The most intense and longest of these happened in 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and lasted for nine months.
The demands of the union included better salaries for lecturers, upgraded infrastructure for universities, payment of accrued allowances, and other entitlements for lecturers. Recently, a professor lamented on social media that despite having taught in university for decades and earning every promotion in the academia, he only receives a salary of 400,000 naira every month. He compares his income with its purchasing power, and he discovers that with the current state of inflation in the country, he will spend at least 40% of his income on fueling his car, and that is even provided that he only drives intra-state.
Obidike says that education is vital in modern society.
Obidike says that education is germane to every individual in modern society. He opines that for one to contribute to society, one needs to learn about different areas of human endeavor such as culture, history, religion, among others. To him, education not only molds people into leaders through the impact of knowledge but also teaches them how to lead with true values and emotions. He also argues that education helps to reduce crime rate in society.
One needs no soothsayer to notice the huge disparity between the people found in areas where educated people reside and the demography in areas where education is not really something prestigious. One notices the fighting, violence, drug abuse, and general restlessness found in less-educated areas. Whereas, one notices the relative peace in places where the educated people live. Admittedly, Obidike, does not equate education to certificate or theoretical knowledge alone but to knowledge and its application for the development of society.
Obidike asks the government to send students back to school.
Obidike has urged the government to send students back to school so that better leaders can be made of them and so that the digital gap can be bridged through digital education. He is concerned about the students’ ability to adapt to borderless communication and wider horizons. However, with every recent meeting held by the federal government with ASUU ending in a dead end, the hope of Nigerian students returning back to university sooner cannot be guaranteed.
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You know there is a big problem in this country called Nigeria for University students to stay at home for four months that is very bad. If care is not taken these children will remain at home a year whole losing a whole section.The lectures are not even ready to resume at all.
This point to the incompetency of the present Administration. Why won’t we experience all kinds of horrific activities being perpetuated by some students (Yahoo, kidnapping etc)
Nigeria government and ASUU has always been at logger heads and this caused more harm than good to the students at every point in time.Im even short of words on how the matter would be resolved completely
Both government and ASUU should let student return back to school. Our education system is getting worst student who are supposed to use 4 year are not using like for 5 to 6 year in school on top weting after you finish that school self, job person no go see everything’s na scam
Government should find something to this Asuu strike every time to afford all this from happening again
The government should heed to his words and end this strike now because the ongoing strike is causing more harm than good for our students
Do this ASUU people know that the prolonging of this strike will make students idle, and an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. They should end it please
This prolonged strike will make some students give up on furthering their education, this is not a good thing at all
The government should be prepared to give ASUU whatever amount they are looking for so they will put an end to this ongoing strike because it has gone on long enough
I hope the FG listen and try to resolve this disagreement regarding them and ASUU. The strike has to be called off. Students have been at home for almost 5 months. That’s very bad. Something should be done quickly.
Our Students should be required by the government to return to school so that they may be developed into more effective leaders and so that the knowledge gap can be closed through the provision of digital education.
Yes, because uneducated people constitutes the most nuisance in a society and education will try curbing that
We need a better leader that will help bring us out of all this issues we’re always having, may God help our educational sector
Yeah, I saw that tweet on Twitter. How can a law professor with countless degrees earn just 400k? Damn, this country’s educational system is messed up
The government should ensure the provision of all these things that Asuu is asking for because they are important
This strike will only lead to further delay in the academic progress of students, which is bad for their careers. The government should do everything possible to end the strike
People are fed up of this nonsense and are doing their best to get out off this country, they should continue their useless strikes.
This government is so poor, imagine that we still need to beg government to get education in this modern society where education is pertinent to everything. Education should be the first thing to be encouraged in a country that wants to propel but unfortunately in Nigeria our government values politics and satisfying there own personal interest over education and other necessary things they were supposed to do.
Obidike has said the right thing students should be sent back to school because you don’t want students to start doing all kinds of illegal things and also ruin some people chance for better lifes
The Government don’t even care about the asuu strike just playing politics just because their children is not schooling here in Nigeria. If only we have law that say no government children should school abroad that is the only time they will take school serious for the Country.
Government should really find a way to dialogue with ASUU and settle any pending matter once and for all. With this incessant strike they are wasting the youths time and also discouraging some other people. I hope all this strike action could stop so we can have a standard and undisturbed education session
The government should be prepared to give ASUU whatever they demanded for, an end has to come to this strike because it has a lot of setbacks in the academic progress some students are giving up on education which is so bad!….and Education should be the first thing to be supported in a country, after that…any other thing follows…. It is important!
When will these strikes ever end? We can’t really blame ASUU for demanding for the needful. However, it seems like the government don’t care at all, and sadly innocent students are on the receiving end. For how long does this intermittent strike has to continue. This government is evil.
The wall of education is crumbling every day and we can’t help but just watch helplessly.
So ASUU has been striking since 1999, this is serious.
It will be better if there is another way to make their interest known than I’m backing on strike, a lot of youth are wasting and the government is not ready to do anything to it.
This is a never ending strike and government not helping. And the life of our youth is at the end of it
If the FG dont act on this fast, the students might start doing something illegal