Too much of everything they say is bad and when a music is played more than once in quick succession, it becomes boring to the ears. So also is the current strike action embarked on by ASUU which is in its fourth month.
If a man of God loses sympathy, what do we have left?
While commenting about the current strike, the Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama on Sunday said that ASUU(Academic Staff Union of Universities) has lost its focus and that he has lost sympathy for the lecturers. He made these comments at the 80th anniversary of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Jos, Plateau State.
The Archbishop went further to say that ASUU by allowing the strike to linger is an exhibition of sheer insensitivity and he regretted that the association had failed to yield to pleas from all quarters including Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria stressing that ASUU has other personal reasons other than the future of education they claim they are fighting for.
His words:- “Initially I was with ASUU, but when they have allowed the students to stay at home for four months now they begin to lose my sympathy. You don’t go on a strike for a long time, especially in a sector like education, the bedrock of the development of any society.
You said you are fighting for the students and have allowed them to stay at home for more than four months, you must be fighting for something else. You have made your point and all I expect is that they should have listened to all the pleadings by Nigerians including the Catholic Bishops Conference which has just ended its meeting in Benue state and where we appealed to ASUU, in the interest of Nigerian Students to go back to the class room.
Despite pleas from several quarters, ASUU has proven to be adamant and many are still wondering why they keep increasing their demand anytime the government is ready to respond. Their recent claim of N3 thrillion is still very surprising. What most people are aware of is the N500 billion out of which FG is ready to pay N130 billion.
But let’s ask this question rhetorically of course, or maybe not, so, if ASUU should receive this money they are fighting for, where would they spend it? Would we benefit from it as students? Would they improve our resources in our dilapidated campuses or would this money line the pockets of just the lecturers?
Culled from PunchNewsOnline