Joshua Adebayo | Ilorin
As Nigeria marks Democracy Day, Students of the University of Ilorin have called on the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) to settle the difference and ensure resumption of schools.
The Students made the call in a statement signed by the Executive President, Unilorin Student Union, Okoko Wisdom Oluwaseun and Public Relation Officer, Odewole Abdul-Jemeel Olatunde obtained by CAMPUS FOCUS on Friday, June 12, 2020.
The statement reads, “We join all other patriotic citizens of this country to celebrate another milestone in our struggle as a country to attain justice through unity. Today, June 12, 2020, marks another year that the Giant of Africa is holding on to the hopes and promises of democracy.
“However, true democracy can only be enjoyed in a country with educated and skilled youths, a country where there is a quality educational system that promotes the training and empowerment of her youths within a controlled and fixed period of time. Is Nigeria still that country?
“The unending and repeatedly looping cycles of the ASUU and the FG disagreements have made a ‘Jumong’ out of this country’s educational system and has forced students, who are supposed to be getting ready to build the country, into viewers of the tragic seasonal movies been acted by the Federal Government and ASUU.
“The actions and inactions of these parties that are supposed to be working hand in hand to ensure that the educational sector of the country becomes a pride of the continent is putting the future of this country at stake, and WE CAN NO LONGER FOLD OUR HANDS AND WATCH THESE PEOPLE THAT BENEFITED FROM A WELL-STRUCTURED SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PLUNGE THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY INTO THE MUD!
“It is on this note that we, Aloha forces of the University of Ilorin, merges our voices with other Nigerian students in the country to call on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the labors of our past heroes, who laid the foundation of democracy in this country, and make progressive reconciliations that will affect the return of students back to school.
“We pray to the various individuals involved in the negotiations to be considerate and Godfearing, because OUR FUTURE IS AT STAKE!.”