Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, on Wednesday, described the ongoing ASUU strike as a national problem, calling on the federal government to address the issue.
ASUU on Sunday embarked on an industrial strike over poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal government to hike students fees and introduce an education bank.
However, Senator Sani explained that since 1992, Nigerians have been faced with strike after strike which has led to repeated shutdowns of universities, stressing that the issues raised by ASUU “are genuine.”
He said, “The federal government needs to fund public universities. The issues raised by ASUU is in the best interest of education in Nigeria and is also in the best interest of the young people.
“Our universities need adequate funding. Our universities need adequate attention. The strike should not be seen as an act of confrontation but an attempt by ASUU to bring to the spotlight, the plight of public universities in Nigeria.
“Public universities have been underfunded and sometimes people wonder whether the universities we have are simply glorified secondary schools. This action should be an opportunity for each and every one of us to draw the attention of the authorities that are concerned to fund universities, to listen to ASUU and to see that the issues which they raised, are squarely addressed,” he said.