The National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Salihu Lukman has said until the federal government introduces a no-work, no-pay policy, members of the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) will continue to hold the country to ransom due to their incessant strikes.
Lukman stated this on Sunday in Abuja during a media interaction with select journalists, stressing that it was a destructive culture to pay striking workers.
He was of the opinion that investment in public education was a necessity that should not be taken for granted.
Lukman said the romance of the Ibrahim Babangida regime with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies which imposed the Structural Adjustment Programme that put a stop to investment in public education was the beginning of the collapse of the sector.
The party chieftain noted that Nigeria should return to the old framework which was destroyed by IMF/World Bank policies, insisting that no country advances through private funding of the educational sector.
Lukman said, “Since 1985, the crisis we have had is that investment in public education has been frozen which has produced the gap we have today, whereby we have children but no schools for them to attend; where we have schools but no teachers; where we have schools, no teaching materials.”
He stressed that part of the crisis that must be resolved politically was to restore sanity in the critical sector.
The party chieftain insisted that regulating the conduct of ASUU and ensuring that it conforms with some minimum standard that would guarantee the development of the younger generation has become necessary.