The Academic Staff Union of Universities has been charged by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State to end their seven months ongoing strike in the best interest of students.
He called for a productive meeting between Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU so as to end the current strike.
Fayemi made this call in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital while playing host to members of the Board of Trustees of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, led by its Chairman and former Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, in his office.
The Ekiti State Governor pleaded with ASUU to look at the hardship faced by students and their parents due to the seven months strike
“We need to get to a point of convergence with ASUU, but I also think ASUU should begin to look at this from the position of their importance. It is the students of the ordinary Nigerians who attend the local universities. So, even if it is for the sake of ordinary Nigerians who have children in these universities and cannot afford to send their children to private universities or abroad.”
“Whatever the areas are, we would like to engage them, not as Federal Government but as concerned parties at the level of government who feel that we can still work out an arrangement in which you don’t completely dictate to your employer how he pays your salaries.”
“If agreement has been entered into and if it is not going to be honoured, you owe a duty to urge other party to review it consensually and then come up with something that is mutually acceptable to both sides.”
Fayemi who pointed to the importance of education in ending poverty, noted that education should be giving much attention at the Federal level.
“Education in Nigeria should be treated nationally. It requires a national approach; it cannot just be isolated state by state, and particularly for regulatory purpose, in terms of standard of the curriculum and in terms of supervisory engagement. We really need to do things that will make us appear as if cherish the importance of education in the lives of our citizens”