The Save Education Campaign, a civic group which has been in the forefront for the struggle for amicable resolution of the industrial dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has welcomed with relief the resumption of academic activities in the nation’s universities.
The group however expressed sadness at what it described as the gaping loss of academic time and the huge impact and toll the strike has taken on students and parents, as well as the nation’s socio-economic life as a whole.
A statement signed by the Convener of the Save Education Campaign, Comrade Vivian Bello in Abuja lamented the high number of professors and University Lecturers who left the shores of Nigeria, to ply their services with other nations, describing it as an unquantifiable loss.
She said the situation will negatively impact the educational growth and development of Nigerian Youths, a calamity that should have been avoided if those in authority in the sector, had acted more proactively and responsibly.
The Campaign also hailed ASUU for striving against all odds and fighting to correct the wrongs in the University system in Nigeria and duly resting the industrial action at a time as this in the overarching interest of the country.
With the resumption of work by ASUU, the Save Education Campaign used the occasion to, “strongly charge the authorities at both the helm of affairs of the country, as well as at the Ministry
Of Education, not to take the academic Body and the issues it raised for granted but rather seize the conducive atmosphere created by the ending of the industrial action and sit down and pointedly attend to the issues bedeviling the educational system of Nigeria in both our universities, as well as in other levels of education, in a sustainable and lasting manner.”
The group also commended all and sundry, who played various roles, both openly and behind the scene towards ending the crisis, including Labour Unions, CSOs, religious groups and individuals, Activists, Statesmen and Women, the Media, etc.
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