How can a Union that is made up of Intellectuals, Professors, PhD holders, Scientists, Researchers, Inventors, go on an indefinite strike in the face of an infectious disease ravaging the whole earth? I thought ASUU could have added a human face in their struggle.
If I may ask, what has ASUU contributed to stem the Covid-19 pandemic which has risen to 81 in Nigeria and still counting.
The Nigerian government has approved a N10 billion grant (about $27 million), to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari is also releasing a N5 billion (about $13 million) Special Intervention Fund to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
Wealthy Nigerians and organisations, including banks, have also donated billions of Naira to help fund Medical Centres, and provide essential materials necessary to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
The United Bank for Africa, UBA, announced on Thursday, a donation of N5 billion (about $13 million), to provide beds for isolation centres, intensive care unit facilities, and direct access to medical advice for up to 450,000 citizens everyday.
Wealthy members of the private sector, including Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje, and Aliko Dangote, Africa’s Richest man, all contributed N1 billion (about $2.7 million) each, to support the government in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.
It is a shame that the only thing that ASUU thought of contributing, is to announce an indefinite strike, in the midst of the global health crisis. My problem with the whole strike is the timing. The Federal Government has its hands full, and ASUU will be the least of its concern right now.
Going on strike at a time like this, when our world is changing in such a way that none of us knows the outcome, is the height of irresponsibility. ASUU has Scientists in its midst, who should be busy in their Laboratories, helping the world to defeat this virus, but all it thought of doing, is to announce a strike at a time when we are not sure that Nigeria will be able to meet its financial obligations, if this pandemic continues to rubbish the price of our almighty black gold.