Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said that unless an urgent solution is reached on the five-month-old strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) this issue may not only destroy the students’ academic performance but may eventually lead them to join miscreants, thereby posing a serious threat to the nation.
Ganduje made the assertion on Tuesday in Kano at the Government House, Tuesday, while responding to the peaceful protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity with the cause of the striking ASUU, saying the crisis must be resolved to save the system.
He said that “these students for the past five months, have been idle at home, noting that an adage says,”the devil finds work for an idle hand.”
They may by mistake or willingly join bad gangs out of desperation to cause crime but God forbid this not to happen.
According to him, the ongoing strike has spelt doom on the nation’s education, the parents and also on the students, saying that this crisis must be resolved to help save the system. We don’t want the system to collapse in this country at all.
Ganduje noted that the striking University lecturers are in the strike action “… to save the system from collapsing.”
While lamenting the plight of students across the country, for being idle all this while, he revealed that, “Myself and my colleagues from all the 36 states, irrespective of our party differences are concerned about the prolonged strike action and we will put our heads together to bring an end to the crisis.”
The Chairman of the Kano branch of NLC, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir on the occasion,
commended Governor Ganduje for not joining others in no work no pay resolution against University lecturers.
“We really appreciate the state government under your able leadership, the people’s governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for your magnanimous approach in not stopping the salary of the teachers of two state universities.”
He added that the state NLC resolved to embark on protest, not because the state government is not doing its best on the enhancement of the education sector, but in solidarity with the national directive of the union. This shows you are an education-friendly governor, Comrade Minjibir appreciated.
Others in the peaceful protest, were ASUU members, students’ bodies, civil society groups, youth organisations, human rights activists, among others.