Senate begs ASUU to call off ongoing strike. The Senate has spoken to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to cancel its continuous strike in light of a legitimate concern for the understudies and Nigerians by and large.
Sen. Jibrin Barau, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, made the interest while tending to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that while the senate felt for the union, its individuals should cancel the hit while consulting with the Federal Government towards finding enduring answer for the issue.
Barau said the Senate, in a letter sent to it by ASUU, learnt that piece of the grievance was absence of trust in the board of trustees set up by the government to re-arrange the 2009 assention.
The administrator reviewed that when the union proclaimed cautioning strike not long ago, the Senate mediated and guaranteed that the issue did not wait.
He said that ASUU did not report back to the senate on the troubles it had in the re-transaction with the board of trustees before leaving on the strike.
He encouraged the union to re-consider its position and come back to the re-transaction to spare the understudies, guardians and the whole country the negative impacts that would come about because of the activity.
Barau guaranteed that the panel would screen the settlement procedure amongst ASUU and the board set up by the Federal Government to guarantee agreeable determination of the issue.
He stated: “Let me say that we are extremely worried about what is occurring in our colleges.
“The Senate and in fact, the National Assembly, has been in the bleeding edge of ensuring that we demonstration quickly at whatever point it is important to check from the beginning any issue that is raising its head.
“I need to state that it was the motivation behind why we chose to intercede promptly when the notice strike move was going to make place and we did all our best to unite the two groups to arrange.
“That was what prompted the setting up of the Wale Babalakin council.
“ASUU raised issues that needed to do with their recompenses and part of it was caught in the supplementary spending that we sat back.
“In the ensuing spending plans, some of these regions were likewise dealt with.”
Inquired as to whether the Senate would declare law to ban Nigerians from taking their youngsters outside the nation to examine, Barau said that such law would not be to the greatest advantage of Nigeria.
“It is something that we know won’t be useful for our nation.
“We realize that it is constantly great to blend with individuals from different parts of the world with regards to the issue of training.
You can’t be an island to yourself; that “you will stay here in Nigeria and say you would not have any desire to interface with others.
“It is not something that has been done in any piece of the world.
“You know that understudies from Cameroon, Niger and different parts of the world come here.
“We have traded understudies who originate from even the European countries to this nation.
“You should have that collaboration. What we should state is this: we should ensure that we create colleges and instructive foundations to the level of those that we send our youngsters to.
“That is something that ought to be finished. Yet, saying that understudies ought not go to different nations, that I believe is not going to be beneficial for us,” he said.