By Franklin Alli
Apparently worried by the Federal Government and ASUU face off, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agricukture(NACCIMA), and theÂ the Eko Boysâ€™ High School Old Boys Association (EKOBA 79), have sought an end to the lingering strike.
In a separate statement, Tuesday, while the National President NACCIMA Dr. Simon Chukwuemeka Okolo , called on government and ASUU to urgently reach a compromise and call off the strike, President of EKOBA, Mr. Rilwan â€˜Bola Fashina, urged President Umar Musa Yarâ€™Adua to declare an emergency in the nationâ€™s education sector with a view to taking urgent necessary measures to fix the sector.
â€œNo matter how you approachÂ the issue, the educational sector needs serious injection of funds for transformation to assail the sector which have witnessed decades of neglect.Â The strike has crippledÂ human development activities of the nation . Government and the various unions of the universities should come to compromise without any further delay and put an end to the strike to save the educational sector from collapse. The strike must be halted for the interest of all, especially with the governmentâ€™s vision 2020 in view,â€ said Okolo.
Corroborating, Fashina, believes that except the rot in the education sector particularly in public education at the primary to tertiary levels are fixed, all efforts at providing infrastructure and other amenities will come to naught as the nationâ€™s human resource is her most critical resource needed to manage all other resources.
He advised the Government to anchor its drive towards the achievement of the vision 20:2020 on fixing the rot in the Nationâ€™s education sector as a prelude to attaining all other goals set out in the vision.
Fashina also called for a review of the countryâ€™s security set up among the various levels of government in order to provide the necessary enabling environment to attract the much needed local and off-shore direct investment into the Nationâ€™s economy.
He also called on old students associations to support the managements of schools in the provision and maintenance of infrastructure as well as development of morals in the education sector.