Muslim Students in Lagos State have accused the Federal Government of poor handling of education in the country.
The students, in a press statement on Wednesday, expressed displeasure over the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), urging the FG to stop playing hide-and-seek with the lecturers.
Their displeasure was contained in a press statement signed by Dr Saheed Ashafa, Amir (president) of the Muslim Student’s Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.
Describing the strike as unwarranted, Ashafa advised the FG and ASUU to consider students who are at the losing end of the strike.
He said, “The on-going ASUU strike is unwarranted, illogical and devastating. Federal Government should be more sensitive to the plight of the poor masses who cannot afford the luxury of schooling outside the Country.
“It is high time the managers of our economy realised that Nigerians are not stupid for enduring several hide-and- seek conducts being exhibited in governance and dealing with the education sector.
“The issue of education must be taken seriously and prioritised. Allowing ASUU to go on strike is a betrayal of the confidence of students reposed on the government. Consistent strike is a killer of dreams and will affect the growth of the nation.”
He urged members of the ASUU to be considerate and shift grounds when necessary, adding that “students are beginning to see the academic body as an enemy to their progress”.
As a way forward, Ashafa suggested that both ASUU and FG should set up an implementation committee for the already existing agreement.
He said, “We hereby propose to the government that for us to address the ASUU cyclical strikes, there should be an implementation committee that will be all-inclusive of stakeholders.
“The purpose of the committee will be to monitor implementation of agreement and give round-the-clock report to the public. By doing this we would be able to eliminate deceit and insincerity on the path of the actors.”
It will be recalled that ASUU Declares an “indefinite, comprehensive and total” nationwide strike over poor funding of education in the country among other issues.