Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, has expressed concern about the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who are targeting students at public universities in more than six months at home.
ASUU had previously embarked on a four-week warning strike which was later extended to six months due to the federal government’s failure to meet their demands.
But the union’s decision to extend the strike indefinitely continues to generate responses from students, parents, education stakeholders and politicians.
In response to the development, the former governor of Anambra state on Wednesday, in a series of tweets shared on his verified Twitter handle, complained about the prolonged strike and called on the government to urgently ensure that all hands are on deck. to ensure that affected students return to classes.
According to him, the prolonged strike was worrying and unacceptable and the federal government should not have lasted so long.
“Our position is that the ASUU strike has lasted far too long. It is unscrupulous, concerning and unacceptable that FGN would allow such union action to become almost unmanageable to the detriment of our students.”
He continued: “It is time for FGN to enter into collaborative negotiations with ASUU, and in good faith.”
The presidential hopefuls also raised the alarm about the high level of corruption deeply rooted in Nigerian society and condemned ethnic, regional and religion-based divisions among the people.
“Nigeria is highly polarized and plagued by deep divisions along religious, ethnic and regional lines. There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have been closed for six months.”
While also bemoaning the dying state of Nigeria’s health care system and low power supply, Mr Obi said: “Our health care system remains nearly dying, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low.”