The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has urged the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and Youths in general to get involved in governance.
Mallam Adamu who made the call when he hosted the leadership of the NYCN recently at his office in Abuja, assured the apex Youth body that the ministry and other stakeholders are working tirelessly to put an end to the ongoing industrial action by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Mallam Adamu said ” the Youth need to organise themselves in a peaceful manner and get involved in governance. The truth is that, nobody will give you power, you have to take. Power is not given, it is taken.”
” On the ASUU strike, let me assure you that it will soon end. The government and ASUU are negotiating and very soon we will reach an agreement in the interest of you all and Nigeria at large, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, NYCN President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Amb. Sukubo SaraIgbe Sukubo lamented that there is a disconnect between the people and the government.
Sukubo said ” there is tension in the country, this is largely caused by the disconnection between the people and the government. To put an end to incitement and to avoid another #ENDSARS protest, there is an urgent need to establish and maintain cordial relationship between the government and the Youths.
“When the Youths and government have that relationship, it will bring about peace, understanding and progress. The Youths are the problems and solutions to all Nigeria problems, he said.
The NYCN President who also tasked the minister on affordable and accessible quality education urged the ministry to set up a Youth desk.
The Youth President also lamented that “thr face-off between the federal government and ASUU has affected us most, as Nigerian Youth. I charge the minister to along side ministry of labour and employment take necessary action to put an end to the prolonged strike”.