Lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade, on Monday, said the striking university lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), are not only fighting for their welfare but for the improvement of the universities as well as that of students.
Agunbiade, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, said the lecturers are justified for embarking on the strike owing to the rot that has pervaded the entire Nigerian university system.
He, however, appealed to the lecturers to consider the plea of the parents and students and call off the strike especially when the government has shown commitment and made a sincere promise to do the right thing.
“To the best of my understanding, what ASUU has been fighting for consistently is not only for the welfare of its members but also the welfare and academic well-being of the Nigerian institutions as well as the youths who are always referred to as the future of the country.
“When the environment for education and learning is conducive, then the lecturers will be able to give their optimum and students will be able to receive quality education which will transform into their being well-baked for the various disciplines they have chosen to undergo in their various universities.
“In a situation where there is rot and the rot is left unattended to, it will impact negatively on the lecturers who will be teaching with pains, distractions and thinking about the rot and unavailability of certain teaching materials. It is no gainsaying that most of Nigeria’s universities are now a ghost of what they used to be when they were founded,” he said.
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