The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), at its National Executive Council meeting, called for meaningful dialogue between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the lingering crisis in the Nigerian University system.
NUJ, in a communique issued at its inaugural National Executive Council, held in Brinin Kebbi said, “NEC calls for meaningful dialogue and consideration by both the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities- ASUU to resolve the seemingly intractable problems of Nigerian Universities.
The meeting appealed to the Federal Government to rise against the challenges of increasing cases of internet fraud also known as “yahoo yahoo”, ritual killings and kidnappings that have taken dangerous dimensions in the country.
It lamented the hardships Nigerians were going through as a result of the hike in the price of petrol which is in high demand and urged the government to take urgent steps to reverse the trend.
Reviewing the current security challenges in the country, the meeting hailed military operations against the murderous activities of Non-State Actors but regretted that in recent times Nigerians have witnessed more vicious attacks on villages and rural communities and the consequent imminent humanitarian crisis in Northern Nigeria.
It urged the military to sustain their operations as the rainy season is approaching so as to enable farmers have access to their farmlands without any fear.
The NUJ NEC also expressed concern that education in the states of the North West and North East Regions has been severely affected with many children now unable to attend schools because of fear, while others are dropping out of elementary schools and only a few others, able to transit to secondary schools.
It also expressed concern that violence has not only negatively affected the educational development of children all over but has also affected the availability of educational material and infrastructure, stressing that there is a need to declare a state of emergency in education in the affected areas to avert a catastrophe.