Niger State governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has said that the problem in resolving the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike was due to the fact that government entered into agreement it could not fulfill.
Aliyu who spoke in Minna yesterday while receiving the UNICEF country representative in Nigeria, Mrs Jane Gough at Government House said that ASUU should reconsider its stand not to negotiate with the federal government.
He said, “I want to say that we should not enter into any agreement we know we are incapable of fulfilling, I appeal to ASUU to reconsider their stand at the end of the day it is the nation that suffers”.
He stated that prolonged strike has adverse effect on the University students as they are spending more time than necessary at home as the strike continues.
The governor also regretted that education does not get more than 9 percent of the national budget every year, a development he argued has accounted for the rot in the sector. He also condemned the present practice where the national budget had not been implemented up to 60 percent in the last 10 years.
Aliyu said, “We must plan our lives so that we can produce quality population,” even as he argued that religion or culture do not on their own hinder children from going to school.
The governor said for Nigeria to join the league of developed nations, the country should invest heavily on education pointing out that a situation where 14 out of the 19 states in the north have over 70 percent of their children out of school was unacceptable.
In her remarks, the country representative, Mrs Jane Gough, said that with the resources available to Nigeria there was no justification for a Nigerian child to be out of school, promising that UNICEF would support Niger State to realise its educational development vision .
Earlier, Niger State government and UNICEF had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on how to move the education sector forward in the state.