Parents of university students in the country have threatened to embark on a two million people mass protest to the Aso Rock in Abuja if the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) fail to reconcile and end the ASUU strike quickly.
The chairman of the National Association of Parents Teachers Association, South West chapter, Pastor Julius Olaribigbe while addressing a press conference in Osogbo declared that parents will also embark on hunger strike if the ASUU strike continues.
He lamented that majority on university undergraduate in Nigeria university are not very brilliant event when the universities were not closed and wondered what will happen to the students not that they are idle. He said the protest against the federal government will be massive.
Olaribigbe noted that the faceoff between ASUU and the federal government was embarrassing to the nation.
He added that the threat by the Federal Government to sack lectures who fails to resume work is unfortunate.
His words: “the over 2million parents across the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will embark on a mass protest if this situation should continue. The Federal Government need to accede to ASUU demands in the interest of the down trodden parents”.
The association threw their weight behind the Osun State Government in its new education policy. Olaribigbe who inaugurated new executives of the state chapter of the association posited that parents have studied Aregbesola’s new policy on education and endorsed it because of its immediate and future benefit.
The Osun State Chairman of the association, Dr. Ekundayo Ademola charged the people of Osun State to support Aregbesola’s new education policy. He advised Christians and Muslims to stop attributing ownership of public schools to themselves since the schools have been taken over since seventies.
On the use of Hijab in schools, Ademola all doctrinal practices should be limited to the confines of places of worship while schools should be allowed to carry out the purpose for which they are established.
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