The Federal Government of Nigeria must do all within its power to stop the incessant industrial actions by tertiary institutions in the country in order to harness their potentials.
The Bishop of Christ Methodist Church, Nyanya, Abuja; Rt. Reverend Samuel Nortey, made the submission while speaking on the centenary celebrations during the Church’s 4th annual synod on Friday.
He submitted that Nigeria will continue to produce incompetent graduates unless the government of the day make the development of education sector a top priority.
While commending the government for ending the six-month old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the clergy said that the needs of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics should be met as well.
“The government and all authorities involved should, in the best interest of this nation, resolve this ( ASUP strike) and let our children go back to school,” he said.
“These strikes add to the reason why we have graduates who cannot defend their certificates. The schools will in a bid to meet up with the academic calendar ‘push’ the students out of school in the name of graduation without impacting anything into them,” the clergy lamented.
Reverend Nortey said the mass exodus was now into private schools with most of them far below standard.
“I urge our government to do all to stop this ugly trend. Policies and actions should be made to stop these strike actions in all the state’s of the federation and at all levels of our educational system.”
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