Friday, September 13, 2013

Okonkwo, Lagos APC berate FG over ASUU strike
PRESIDING Bishop, The Redeem Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr. Mike Okonkwo, has called on the Federal Government to honour its agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) towards ending the ongoing industrial action.
  He said the Federal Government would be toying with the destiny of the coming generations if it continues to dillydally with the agreement it reached with ASUU.
   Similarly, the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the continued festering of the strike has shown that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is morally and administratively bankrupt. 
  The party said that government inability to meet the demands of ASUU and tame the culture of frequent industrial action has shown that the PDP is inept and bankrupt of ideas on how to take Nigeria to the next level.
  Speaking to The Guardian, Okonkwo said, “Rather than the Federal Government overhauling the entire policy of education in the country with the aim of developing it, what we have witnessed over the years in the education sector is nothing to commend.
  “The future of the coming generation is seriously under threat if Nigeria continues to handle the education the way it is at present.”
  The cleric called for overhauling of the system and that government should honour its agreement with ASUU.
  In a statement by the Lagos State Interim Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party decried a situation where “PDP members continue to chase shadows while the nation’s educational sector continues to deteriorate under its watch.” Igbokwe called on the PDP- led Federal Government to accede to the demands of ASUU without delay so that Nigerian students would resume their halted education.
  “We have been watching as the Federal Government treats with lack of seriousness and levity the demands of ASUU, which is simply for the government to implement agreements it freely entered into in the past with ASUU. 

We note that with each passing day, members of the PDP seek to trivialise the demands and input ludicrous reasons for the strike, even as members of ASUU have been unwavering in their insistence that they were on strike because this same government has refrained from fulfilling its parts of the agreements on how to improve the present poor standard of education in Nigeria.”
Author of this article: By Seye Olumide
                                       Culled from The Guardian
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