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Ex-commissioner tasks govts on chidren’s education

OWERRI—Government at all levels have been reminded that they owe it as a constitutional duty to educate Nigerian children irrespective of the economic meltdown and the on-going disagreement with the university teachers.

Former Imo state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Obinna Duruji, made the observation in a chat with Vanguard at Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area of the state, saying “my approach to ASUU strike is that it should not be unreasonable.

The government must fulfill its purpose, which is serving the welfare of the people. A government that is under or above the people is no longer serving its purpose”.

According to him,  government ought to rise to its responsibilities, call ASUU to the negotiating table and meet their demands half way, adding that it would be a different ball game if the teachers’ demands were unreasonable.

“But for government to ignore them or order them to take it or leave it, it cannot pass for bargaining. If government wants to bargain, it should bargain with good conscience and good faith. Government must come clear to say this is what it can offer”, Duruji said.


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