Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, says that Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) prolonged strike will disenfranchise the youths and first time voters to cast their votes for their preferred candidates.
He said the strike will disenfranchise about 50 percent of eligible voters, most of whom are students in Universities. He said this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
“The education of Nigeria’s young people is being negatively affected by the stance of the government and is also disenfranchising the youths, many of whom are registered to vote in their universities ~ but are now stuck in their homes”,
Senate Vs. ASUU
The senate has been holding various meetings with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to deliberate in conditions pertaining the end of the ongoing strike.
Bukola Saraki said the senate under him tried to avert the strike.
“In November 2016, the senate intervened in the ASUU strike and met with the officials of the Ministries of Education and Labour, Employment and productivity, and the Academic Staff Union of Universities. At that meeting which was attended by by the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Awuka, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Productivity in the National Assembly, we agreed that the federal government should work to implement the agreement that it reaches with ASUU in 2009, and subsequently we set up a subcommittee to liaise with both ASUU and the federal government on this issue.
“The federal government must immediately work to address the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), because this issue goes beyond negotiations. It is affecting the education of Nigerian students, and disenfranchising many of them participating in the upcoming general elections.
“Make no mistake, we cannot this system whereby our universities with be frequently shut down thereby slowing down the education of our young people ~ and creating negative bottlenecks that place unnecessary stress on our universities”.
The Senate President called on the federal government to immediately end the strike by doing the needful, in order to enable students go back to school ahead of the elections and cast their votes.
In other news, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) commenced ‘Operation No Resumption, No Election’ campaign this week.