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ASUU Strike: Kalejaiye Berates FG Gift of N1.4bn Vehicles To Niger Republic

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Akin Olayemi

Traditional ruler of Otumara community in the Lagos Mainland Local Government of Lagos state, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, has berated the Federal Government of Nigeria donation of vehicles worth N1.4bn to the government of Niger Republic.

For six months and still counting, universities in the country have been on strike due to the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the inability of the Federal Government to meet up with their financial demands.

Meanwhile as the strike action lingers, President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government had generously donated multi-billion naira vehicles to the Niger Republic to assist her neighbours to strengthen their capacity to deal with insecurity.

Reacting to the Federal Government’s generosity, Kalejaiye said President Muhammadu Buhari approving the gift of vehicles to a neighbouring country at a time Nigeria’s educational sector is in comatose is meaningless and ill-timed.

According to him, there is no harm in the Federal Government playing a big brother a country in need of assistance but he stated, such support shouldn’t be at the detriment of the future of the country’s youths.

High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye

He stated, “For over six months, Nigeria’s universities have been shut down due to the inability of the Federal Government to strike a deal with academic staff of the universities.
The Federal Government is crying of paucity of funds but I was surprised to read about the news of a donation of 10 Toyota Land cruisers worth N1.4billion to the government of Republic of Niger.

Who does that? That’s reckless and irresponsibility on the part of our government. How can you leave your house on fire while you quench the fire in another man’s house?
Lecturers and students have been at home unattended to and all our government could do is to offer hand of help to another country, this isn’t fair enough.

In fact this shouldn’t be coming at this stage when insecurity pervades every aspect of our lives and our youth are the most affected. It is said that an idle hand is the devil workshop.
Due to idleness, some of these students have taken to cybercrime and other social vices while females among them are exposed to prostitution and early and unwanted pregnancies.

We know that no nation survives in isolation, we need ourselves to exist but whatever assistance the Federal Government will be rendering shouldn’t have a negative effect on the citizenry.”

While appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and other concerned stakeholders to attend to the demands of ASUU and save the future of Nigerian youth, Kalejaiye urge government at all levels to prioritize quality education at all levels to the citizenry.

He said, “The state of the country’s education and the quality of our graduates are worrisome. And this is worsened by the incessant strike actions by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The FG urgent need to remedy this situation by placing premium on qualitative education because it is threatening the future of the country’s youth. We need more investment in infrastructure amenities that will have direct impact on the populace especially the youths, widows and the senior citizens.”

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