By Peter Okhiria
The Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) has chided the Federal Government on its handling of the present ASUU crisis, saying instead of the crisis which have bedeviled the nationâ€™s education sector, the Federal Government should introduce free education at all levels in the country.
The party said the country could afford to foot the bill of free education if it could afford to be a Father Christmas, dishing out cash grants to foreign nations.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ben Onyechere, PPA said â€œit is abundantly clear that this nation can afford to enunciate free education at all levels with or without increase in oil price.
â€œWhat has kept this nation far away from being counted among viable comity of Nations is the lackadaisicalÂ attitude of the leadership towards the welfare of its citizenry.
Development of any nation is measured by the height of happiness of the masses of that country.
The Nigerian issue has becomeÂ curiously worrisome, because rather than see obvious reason to reduce the tension, the leadership is playing high-handedness with the micro economic development and the general good of the majority of Nigerians.
â€œFree education at all levels will positively affect every family in this country which can trigger an immediate reduction in violent crimes as well as bring smiles on the helpless citizens of this country.Â The President can resolve to do this and retireÂ successfullyÂ rather than recounting the unworkable seven point agenda.
On the ASUU crisis, it said â€œthe Government should meet the demands of ASUU so that the students can return to learning. The Government should know that the idle hand is the devilâ€™s workshop.â€