By Ruth Oginyi
The member representing Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency, Ebonyi State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah has condemned the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to press home their demands for improving the university system in the country.
The lawmaker in an opinion pointed out that the action of the Nigerian Lecturers was not the best option.
He said the Lecturers would have properly dialogued with the federal government which he described as the best solution to their problems rather than embarking on strike and urged them to have a rethink in the interest of the Nigerian youths who he said have been exposed to idleness that may lead them into crimes.
He recalled that ASUU went on a long strike in 2021 and that students took advantage of their idleness as a result of the strike and get involved in the EndSars protest that threatened the nation’s security but for President Muhammdu Buhari who rose to the occasion and returned normalcy through his leadership ingenuity.
“ASUU is damaging the future of Nigerian youths, they should stop playing with the future of our youths by this their incessant strike. The strike is not the solution to their problems and the entire country, rather they are adding more problems to existing problems and damaging the future of our upcoming leaders of this nation the youths.
“ASUU should learn how to use proper dialogue in solving problems rather than strikes which worsen things. ASUU caused a lot of harm last year when they embarked on strike and many students who were exposed to idleness as a result of the strike, were involved in many anti-social behavior-armed robbery, kidnapping, and banditry”, he said.
He called on the Lecturers to engage in proper dialogue with the federal and other stakeholders in the education system.