The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has described incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as deprivation of Nigeria’s students enjoyment of their rights to education.
A statement released to the media on Tuesday by spokesperson of the Commission, Fatimah Mohammed, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Chief Tony Ojukwu expressed deep concern over the incessant strikes by ASUU, lamenting that such actions have become the gravest threat to the Nigerian university system, in particular, and the Nigerian education sector in general.
He observed that Nigerian students have been deprived of the enjoyment of their right to education over the years, and this has made them victims of industrial disharmony between the federal government and ASUU.
He decried that ASUU has been embarking on incessant nationwide strikes, during which students have lost cumulative period of years of the academic calendar.
He said that the effect of ASUU strikes has been devastating to the Nigerian university system by way of watering down the quality of education offered to Nigerian students,.
He lamented that academic performance of these students have been adversely affected, and the entire educational system almost crippled.