Mr. Chima Nnaji, a public affairs analyst, in a television interview has said that the Minister of Education, Ruqayat Rufai, is not helping the on-going industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and accused of treating the situation in an off-handed manner.
“The Minister of Education has not being helping matters” by “talking glibly.” This, he said, is a very cheap way of looking at a very serious problem: she ought to sit with her team to take a very incisive analysis of the issues moving forward.”
The strike action embarked upon by the union is currently in 6th week, however, students may have to wait some more before an agreement is reached between the body and the Federal Government.
Mr. Nnaji said “it appears it’s still a long wait” but added that the strike may be called off “anything from next week Tuesday, if it is possible.”
Mr. Nnaji blamed President Goodluck Jonathan and government officials for paying unsufficient or no attention to the problems of the education sector and focusing attention on 2015. It is very unfortunate thing because “education is the most primary thing government should provide.”
“The ministers, governors, president, all the people in government are geared towards 2015.”
First, government must accept responsibility because “an agreement is an agreement” and must be respected.
The ASUU strike is happening at a time where there is proliferation of federal universities but “if you do not prepare the child of today for tomorrow, there is no future for this country.”
He addressed the issue of unqualified lecturers and called them to examine themselves. “How many of them are good enough to teach. What is the content of their teaching?”