Article Topic: ASUU + FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAGA (A change is needed)
It is very tragic that there is a downtool in the higher educational system of Nigeria due to the federal government’s inability to fulfill the 2009 agreement it had with the Academic staff union of universities(ASUU).The union embarked on a nationwide strike on July 2nd due to the federal government’s defiance to honour the agreement it entered with the union in 2009.
Lecturers and teachers unarguably are supposed to be honoured negating the
controversial statement that goes thus;’The reward of teachers are in heaven”.It is so absurd that the intellectual icons,that is,the academics who necessitate the continuity of the chain of knowledge earn lesser when compared to the mere sit tight patriotic rebels who call themselves senators who earn over #106,000,000 as emolument every month,not to mention but a few,the other allowances attached.Education is supposed
to be given much priority but here in this nation called Nigeria,it is not spoken well of.I wonder if it is all about 2015 elections
as every electoral candidate are printing and pasting posters all over the places handbills,as well as causing fractions and factions in the assembly while the
educaional system is in a detriment.The federal government is sleeping,the ministry of education is busy playing dice while university undergraduates are at home redundant with our ladies turning into sex hawkers all over the street just as a means of livelyhood and the guys indulging in all sorts of illicit acts.
Based on research findings,I found out that in Poland,there is free education from primary to the doctorate level,however,in Nigeria,it is not.Studets pay their fees with their parents hard earned money and some others with their own personal profits,but still yet,they cannot get value for what they are paying for.It’s a thing of shame,a big oneindeed when a four years university course spans up to a period of seven to eight years due to a ‘culture’ called ASUU strike.Hovever,after NYSC,fresh graduates strole about the streets,sleeping for days at the gate of industries all in the name of getting a job,some companies still require four years to eight years experience in their advert for job qualification and specification.Just this one question I ask you the employer;’where do you want them to get the experience from? Is it from their primary or secondary education’.Nigeria is so blessed with resources that even our animals are supposed to wear gold Rolex necklaces but here we find a family of seven being dealt with by hunger,but it is tagged ‘fasting’.We find the children of thefederal government officals studying abroad,exporting the people’s taxes through capital flight while our own universities are being locked up for months due to strike action.The federal government cannot pay the Union’s debt but they can sponsor their summer trip abroad…A tragedy indeed this is.
To this end,as George Bernard Shaw said thus;”Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their
minds cannot change anything…This one statement the federal government must reflect upon before the nation’s educational system finally gets submerged in a mire of utmost extinction.We cannot sit down and watch things go wrong,a change is needed,we want a better education.
‘A Letter from Badiru Kehinde to the federal government and the Ministry of Education.
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