Former Minister of State For Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has apologised to Nigerian students over the prolonged strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Nwajiuba while speaking on live television on Sunday said all his children attended public universities are also affected by the strike.
Nwajiuba said he shares in the responsibility but noted that strikes are not the best approach for ASUU to address its grievances.
“I do apologise to Nigerian students because as their minister, I will take responsibility. But also, on behalf of the federal government, I would say ‘please understand what the issues are.
“All my four children have passed through Nigerian universities. I still have two at home now, because they are all in public universities.
“My position has not been that ASUU is talking rubbish. ASUU has a case, they are not making a case for themselves alone. ASUU is making a case for the entire university system.
“The only point of departure is that we have asked ASUU that strikes can’t cure the problem.
“We need them in class, we need our children back in school. It hurts parents. It hurts us. Like I keep saying, my children are here, I don’t have children in private universities.”
Nwajiuba also appealed to ASUU to “consider leaving the option of strike and work with the government”, adding that the issues cannot be solved “at once”.
The union recently extended the industrial action by another 12 weeks, citing a lack of readiness by concerned officials to resolve the crisis.