–Pix(above): Speaker Gbajabiamila in the classroom
As students of Nigerian universities waste idly at home and roam the streets on account of prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and allied unions of tertiary institutions, Nigerian Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has run to a US tertiary institution for continuation of studies.
The Nigerian Number 4 citizen in leadership position shared, with great effrontery, photos of himself in a classroom of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, on Tuesday, July 26, saying: “Back to class. In a leadership course at #Harvard #Kennedy School. Forget the number of grey hairs; one is never too old to learn, broaden or sharpen your skills.”
Sharing the post on a day when the Nigeria Labour Congress was holding protests across the country in solidarity with the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), with Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, Allied Educational Institutions, National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) joining, Nigerians were quick to pooh-pooh the Speaker that, indeed, the grey hairs on his head are symbolically not wisdom after all.”
Jide Babafemi said, “What an effrontery! Mr. Speaker, your action is like the symbolic man of dishonor whose house is on fire and he’s busy chasing the rat. For more than the last five months, over 10 million youths are roaming the streets here, and your concern wasn’t how to get them back to the class by appeasing ASUU members on their reason for being on strike for this long, but to flee to a country where things are working well in search of education, forgetting that in the end, you’ll come back to meet things as they were before you left. But remember, ‘there is God o!”
Akin Olatunde: “Welldone, Oga Femi; if universities in the USA were to be on strike like in Nigeria, how will you be able to experience a working system? Walk around and see how basic things work in a normal university and tell me why you should not intensify efforts to do the same in Nigeria, your home country? In any case, let’s hope you’ll return wiser to make our educational institutions better.”
In his absence, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, is expected to preside over the sittings of the House.
Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and allied unions have been on strike for the last five months over deplorable working condition and poor remunerations, but government seemed unconcerned to their plight, warranting the shutting down of the nation’s citadel of learning albeit indefinitely/SHARE THIS