- A Nigerian writer and human rights activist, Philip Agbese, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the eight months Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike
- Agbese claimed he could end the ongoing by volunteering to lead the negotiation process with the union
- The writer said it is painful that Nigerian students are losing their academic years sitting at home
- According to Agbese, the federal government needs to change its negotiation approach with ASUU
A human rights activist and writer, Philip Agbese, on Wednesday, November 18, wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the prolonged Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Agbese in his letter urged the president to allow him to volunteer and lead negotiations with the lecturers' union to ensure the eight months-long strike comes to an end.
Regretting that students affected by the ASUU strike are losing an entire academic session, the activist in his letter titled, "ASUU and the need for our students to be back to campus" pleaded with the president to change the negotiation method with the union.
He said a new approach and style should be adopted by the federal government to dismantle this long strike by ASUU.
He also vowed to voluntarily - without any form of gratification - lead negotiations with the striking union and find a lasting solution to the protracted impasse.
On social media, Nigerians have been commenting on the impasse in the negotiations between ASUU and the federal government.
Efe Camilus wrote on Twitter:
“Nigeria would create a new record of the only country that kept university students out of the classroom for a year if the ASUU strike is not resolved. We have a government that does not prioritize education which is the bedrock of development.”
Moses Jiyah Dangana wrote:
“On the lingering ASUU strike in Nigeria, I've earlier advised the federal government to approach the National Industrial Court and seek a court order to restrain ASUU. Before the "hunter" becomes the "hunted," the federal government should act decisively. ASUU can be PROSCRIBED. Yes!”
Kalu Oge wrote:
“God knows I feel for students still stuck in a level because of the unending ASUU strike. And of course, sadly, recruiters will still tag the usual age limit on applications with their full chests without considering these delays. It is well.”
Taofik Adeniji wrote:
“They are wasting away preciousness of time of a generation with vigour. Is it a case of keeping them in the school system because of the saturated employment market? If that is the policy, it is a faulty conspiracy theory.”
In other news, the Nigerian government has vowed to ensure that individuals or groups operating illegal university satellite campuses are made to face the law.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, said such acts by unaccredited entities cannot be condoned by the Nigerian government.
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