By Adeniyi Stella Adedamola
An international organisation, Dollar Club Exclusive has, Thursday, called on the federal government to quickly address the demands of the Academics Staff Union of Universities and allow students to return to school.
The group urged the federal government to stop playing politics with academic matters complaining that students have forgotten what they have been taught since they have been idle at home.
The Chairman of the Organisation and former President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Jerry Oguzie, stated this during a media briefing held in commemoration of the burial of the association’s grand patron, Justice Ime Umana.
“We are perturbed that ASUU has been on strike for the past six months, we are perturbed that our children are no longer in school, we are worried that our children are losing what they know. The FG should address the issue and stop playing politics with that.
“It’s only in Nigeria that one will know when he enters the university without knowing when he will graduate. A course that was supposed to run for four or six years would run for six to ten years due to persistent strike action. And it’s high time the government addressed this issue once and for all.
“Then the question should be, how much is even needed to sort ASUU out? You can imagine how much had been spent on frivolities in this country. We read recently how dollars stacked in one room, rotten, was discovered in one part of this country, so what are we talking about?”
While stating his stance on why ASUU has refused to compromise and register with the IPPIS, Dr. Oguzie said, ASUU alone is in a better position to say what is good for their members. IPPIS will not save the country from the purported corruption.
According to him, only a medical doctor can speak better of a health issue, and only ASUU can speak better of their institution. He stated that ASUU knows what it wants and the federal and the federal government ought to listen to them.
“But think of it, has IPPIS saved us from the monumental corruption in the country? I expect the federal government to say, OK, give us one to five years, or thereabout to pay, but for FG to stick on the ground and say move before we move, is unacceptable. They should come to a negotiating table and resolve the issue, we are not happy as a group.”