Report By:David Oghen
WaffiTV:The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has encouraged the Federal Government to determine the industrial activity left upon by the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU).
Saraki decided on Wednesday in Abuja, as per an announcement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
“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 Nigeria’s students, and disenfranchising many of them from participating in the upcoming general elections,” he stated.
Saraki cautioned that the undergraduates may be denied the chance to cast a ballot in the general elections if the requests of the lecturers are not met.
While noticing that the youths make up more than 51 percent of the voting populace, the Senate President noticed that a circumstance whereby the strike keeps them from partaking in the surveys where they registered isn’t adequate.
In another vein, our youth make up over 51 per cent of registered voters. What does this mean for our electoral process, when young students who are registered to vote in their academic institutions, cannot do so because their schools are shut down? This is unacceptable.
“In this regard, I call on the Federal Government to immediately work on meeting the demands of ASUU and honouring all its prior commitments. On our part, the Senate will continue to work to ensure that Nigeria’s education sector is strengthened — and we are ready and willing to collaborate with both the Federal Government and ASUU to end this strike, and ensure that it does not become a recurrent issue,” Saraki said.