The Senate has called for an end to the long-drawn dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has led to industrial action by lecturers.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin, who moved a motion on the strike at the plenary on Wednesday, blamed the Federal Government for not implementing the agreements it reached with ASUU.
He said, “The Senate further notes that in the true spirit of its good intention towards ASUU, the Federal Government in the last two days promised the release of N20bn to the union, conscious of the disruptive consequences of another ASUU strike on the nation’s education and the need to safeguard the educational progress of our university students.
“The Senate is further aware that the nation’s economy is still fragile due to the declining revenue from oil. The Senate is convinced that there is now an urgent need for the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve all the contending issues through dialogue in order to arrive at a common ground of understanding.”
Senator Shehu Sani seconded the motion, saying ASUU strike was a national problem in urgent need of resolution.
“The issues raised by ASUU are important. The Federal Government needs to fund public universities. The issues raised by ASUU are in the best interest of education in Nigeria and our young people. Our universities need adequate funding and adequate attention,” Sani said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki added, “Apart from calling off the strike, it is important for the Federal Government to honour the agreements they have reached with ASUU as soon as possible, so that this matter can be resolved. ASUU should also bear in mind the interest of all Nigerians and ensure that they find an amicable solution to this.”