ASUU strike: Gov Umahi Advocates for review of Nation’s Educational system

By Charles Onyekwere

Ebonyi state Governor, Engr. David Umahi has Advocated for the review of the Nation’s Educational system.

Umahi made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, when he received a delegation of board of Trustees of police Trust fund, at the government house, Abakaliki.

The governor who stated that the basic problem in the country remains security, health and education, stressed that university education is not for everybody.

“Let me say a little in education which is in our public domain and which the ASUU strike is and I think that our education system is not being properly educated.

According to Umahi, University education is not for everybody, adding that the basic education every country strives to attain is secondary and vocational education.

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“These are the basic schools and when you have these qualifications, you will able to use it either to start up something or to be able to use it to be employed.

“While you are in employment, if you don’t have the mercy, you will be able to aspire to university education.

“There is a need to review our educational system, it mustn’t be for everybody. I am not ashamed that I have first degree and my Deputy is a PhD holder. It doesn’t matter. It is what you bring on board. So, I cannot see how we cannot sit down with our ASUU leaders and iron out this problem about the ASUU strike.

“I have read in social media and newspapers how students got into trouble just by sitting at home or engaging in means of keeping themselves busy instead of being in schools.

The governor stressed that there is no way the country will go and borrow N1.1trillion to meet ASUU demands, saying that it’s quite unreasonable.

Are their demands genuine? Yes, but we can start little by little. There must be commitment on the side of both parties that look, this ASUU is not asking this to take to their houses so to say. They are asking it for our children to better the infrastructure, to better the lecturers and the students.

“Yes, but we can start with a fraction of that and then have a programme that will run on the platform of sincerity to address all the lots.

“But let me also say that most of the time, our people have a low appetite for maintenance of public works. No matter how much you deploy to these universities, unless the users, the industry, the regulators unless they begin to treat public infrastructure as their own in the various universities, it will continue to go bad no matter how much the federal government deploy to it.

“So, it is important for ASUU to show some understanding and for those who are negotiating on the side of government to also show some understanding. Let’s meet ourselves halfway and open the schools to save the fate of our children.

Speaking, the leader of the delegation, Dr Ben Akabueze, said the team were in the state to seek partnership and cooperation with the Ebonyi state government.

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