ASUU Strike: Ondo First Lady bemoans setback in educational sector

..urges Medical Students to utilize professional knowledge to better Nigerian health system

Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has expressed concern over the lingering strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, saying the development was a setback for educational sector in Nigeria.

She said this while playing host to the leadership of Southwest Medical Students Association, earlier today in her office.

Addressing the Medical Students, Mrs Akeredolu also lamented the dysfunctional healthcare system in Nigeria as many Medical practitioners, groomed in Nigerian Universities left the country to practice abroad.

Enjoining them to utilise their professional services for the elevation of healthcare system in their home country, she said: “Somebody has to stay around to make sure that we get the healthcare that we need.

“I hope that those at the helm of Affairs begin to think the impact of a dysfunctional healthcare system to all of us and the entire country as a whole.

“Sadly, I’m not on that table to take that decision, if I’m to be there I won’t allow University students to be at home for this long.

On the ASUU Strike, she said: “I just have to express my displeasure at the way things have been going especially at the educational sector, I’m expressing this view as a concerned mother like every other Nigerian parent whose children are out of school. In a way, we are all affected negatively that a greater percentage of Nigerian Universities are shut down due to strike”.

The Ondo First Lady, therefore appreciated the Medical Students for recognising her efforts at fighting breast cancer, as she expressed delight to associate with them.

She added that as a Public Health professional, she shared some common areas of interest with Medical practitioners , saying, “We see things through the same prism, we are partners in progress”.

Earlier while explaining the essence of the visit, the Regional Coordinator of the association, Miss ‘Kanyinsola Falana, had lauded the efforts of the First Lady at combating breast cancer, through her Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria.

Miss Kanyinsola Falana with the First Lady

According to her, this contribution of Her Excellency to healthcare delivery was why medical students deemed it necessary to make her a guest speaker at their upcoming conference.

“We see the great things you are doing in BRECAN, you are really doing well, we look up to you, you are our role model”, she said.


Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
August 2, 2022

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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