OrderPaperToday – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has blamed the federal government for the lacklustre way it is handling the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Speaking on Thursday during the People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign flag-off in Nasarawa state, Dogara noted specifically that by allowing universities to shut down under the name of strike, this government has thrown the Nigerian youths into idleness and slowing down their progress.
He said: “It’s been said that if you want to destroy a community, state or nation, don’t even fire shots or bring the crisis that is being perpetrated by Boko Haram, don’t even bring nuclear bomb, all you need to do is to lower the standard of education in that community state, or nation. Once you succeed in doing that, you’ve killed the nation.”
He stressed that the forthcoming 2019 election will be a referendum on many issues, including education which he said has not being given attention that it deserves by the Buhari led government
He said further: “So many of us may not understand what I’m implying, but right now in Nigeria, the university lecturers are on strike. If it was a decent government that is committed to the future of this country, it wouldn’t take one week to resolve this problem, but unfortunately, through ineptitude the strike is allowed to fester. If we shut down education, we shut down progress, we shut down the future of our teeming youths who have gathered here, we shut down the advancement of this great country called Nigeria. So the 2019 election will be a referendum on education also”.