Strike: CNPP Backs ASUU, Laments FG Failure To Honour Agreement

MINISTER OF EDUCATION, PROF. RUQAYYATU RUFAI
MINISTER OF EDUCATION, PROF. RUQAYYATU RUFAI

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to revitalize the nation’s education sector.

The call is coming on the heels of the ongoing strike by university lecturers under the banner of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) across the country.

CNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Osita Okechukwu, who made the call in Abuja on Sunday in a statement said, “CNPP is in solidarity with ASUU in the legitimate demand to revitalise our educational system and promote development of our universities’ centres of excellence.

“The CNPP has carefully reviewed the 2001 and 2009 ASUU’s agreement with the Federal Government and has doubt that education is in the Transformation Agenda of the present administration.”

Okechukwu lamented the FG’s refusal to honour most of the nine agreements reached with ASUU, saying that the two it implemented; reinstatement of governing councils and retirement age of lecturers are “inconsequential and self serving,” he said.

He added that important and crucial items in the MoU like the stimulation of the university system with N100 billion and progressive increase of annual budget of education among others “were consigned to the dust bin”.

“We are concerned that no Nigerian University is listed among the 100 best universities in the world.

“May we ask how will Nigeria be listed among the first 20 world leading economies in 2020 with poorly educated third rate university graduates who are encumbered and brain drained.”

 

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