FG Not Serious About Ending ASUU Strike- ERC, Mark

The education Rights Campaign, ERC, however, lamented that the Minister’s statement showed that the Federal Government was unserious about ending the strike.

The ERC National Coordintator, Mr. Hassan Soweto said: “The Government does not seem to mind leaving the education system shut down for a few more months. We believe that if the government is sincere, this strike can end in the next fetw days.”

On his part, Prof. Lai Oso, Dean, Adebola Adegunwa School of Communication of Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, dismissed insinuations that government had shown enough commitment for ASUU to call off the strike, arguing that it was only deceiving the world.

He said: “What kind of commitment has government shown for ASUU to call back its members to work.

Government has not done anything different. Has it injected more funds to Universities or has it honestly met the agreement it willingly signed with ASUU since 2009? So, it’s the same old story, and government must stop deceiving the world that it has shown enough commitment.”

Meanwhile, Senate President, David Mark, yesterday, blamed those who represented the Federal Government in negotiating with ASUU, in the contentious 2009 agreement signed by both parties, saying that the University lecturers took advantage of the ignorance of government representatives on the matter.

The Senate in a resolution after the motion on appeal to ASUU to call off the strike and return to work moved by the Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, and supported by 106 senators also mandated the Senate President and Chairman, National Assembly, David Mark to engage President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of ASUU for amicable resolution of the crisis.

It further mandated the Committee on education to liaise with the Federal Ministry of education, the National University Commission, NUC, ASUU and all other relevant stakeholders to proffer lasting solution to stem further strikes in the education sector.

The Senate President who described the motion as very important, said: “I will like to say that as long as we can continue the dialogue we will find a lasting solution.”

“The essence of this motion is to find a solution and a way forward. There are immediate problems that we need to tackle, all the parties involved need to sort things out. My personal appeal on behalf of the Senate to all the parties involved will be that they should try to show understanding.

“Let us shift ground in our understanding of the problem and finding a solution because if all the parties involved just dig in and they say they won’t shift ground then there will be no solution to it and Nigeria will be worse off for it, whether it is the executive, the legislature or the judiciary or ASUU

“Not shifting ground is not going to help us to find a lasting solution to the problem.”


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