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PGF DG deplores incessant ASUU strikes

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
28 December 2020   |   4:00 am
Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, has deplored incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, has deplored incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He regretted that the industrial actions were affecting standard of education in the country.

In a statement titled “ASUU and Indeterminate Power Struggle – The Boko Haram Logic” Lukman wondered why lecturers embraced strikes as last resort.

He submitted: “How can anyone with a child whose dream and aspiration should include being educated, celebrate in any form the closure of schools?

“It is very sad that it is a common knowledge now that in the last 21 years, ASUU was on strike for a record period of more than four years. Worse still, is the fact that we have people who claimed to be public intellectuals that present such a reprehensible scorecard and by any standard, a scandalous credential as achievement is sickening.

“At this rate, we may as well accept that Boko Haram terrorists are also public intellectuals. In any event, who is a public intellectual? Aren’t Boko Haram terrorists engaged in critical thinking, research and reflections? If their mission is to abolish western education, how farther away from that mission is the activity of any group that causes closure of our universities for nine months in one academic calendar?

“If our universities are closed for nine months, what does that mean to the remainder of the education system? Assuming that secondary students are able to pass their exams, will they gain admission into universities? Where will the space come from when existing students have not graduated?

“Like my friend and Comrade, Chido Unomah would probably deduce, ‘we are all Boko Haram’.”