The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said that the inability of the Federal Government to find a solution to the ongoing ASUU strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities shows that the Peoples Democratic Party-led administration lacks ideas on how to move Nigeria forward.
In a statement by the state interim Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party said PDP’s indifference had led to the continued deterioration of the nation’s educational sector.
It called on the Federal Government to accede to the demands of ASUU without delay so that students could resume their halted education.
The APC said, “We have been watching as the PDP-led Federal Government treats the demands of ASUU with unseriousness and levity.
“The demand is simply for the Federal Government to implement agreements it freely entered into in the past with ASUU. But we note that with each passing day, members of the PDP seek to trivialise the demands and input ludicrous reasons for the strike, even as members of ASUU have insisted that the strike is because the government has refrained from fulfilling its part of the agreements on how to improve the present poor standard of education in Nigeria.
“We are left to wonder why a profligate government and party would allow the ASUU strike to fester the way it is doing over the demand for better funding of Nigerian universities.
“We, of Lagos APC, decry in the strongest terms, the attitude of the PDP, as a party and the PDP-led Federal Government to the ASUU strike. We see this as one of the many proofs of the incompetence of the PDP in governing Nigeria.”
The APC said the Federal Government should “immediately accept the demands of ASUU and start the implementation” to allow lecturers to go back to work.
The party urged Nigerians to “compel the PDP government to stop the present neglect of the educational sector” by adequate funding of the sector as being demanded by ASUU.