The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, on Monday met with the leadership and officials of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) behind closed door for over two hours with a single agenda to resolve the impasse and get the lecturers to return to classes.
There were indications that the four months old industrial dispute would be resolved as both the Senate President and the ASUU officials expressed sadness over the lingering crisis which has taken a severe toll on the nation.
Before the door was closed, welcoming the ASUU delegation led by its national president, Dr. Nasir Fagge, Senator Mark, noted that the strike action has left a negative toll on all stakeholders particularly the students, parents and even the lecturers saying
“it is time we resolve this matter in the interest of the nation.
“This is not a case of winners or losers. It is not a matter of ego. National interest is at stake. We must do all that is necessary to resolve this matter so that students and teachers return to classes.
“Nobody is happy about the strike action now in its fourth month. Nobody is happy that our educational system is threatened by this ugly development. Let us end this strike for good.
In his remark, President of ASUU, Dr. Fagge,said the struggle was necessitated by the need to improve the infrastructure and learning environment in the universities with a view to producing graduates that can equal their counterparts any where in the world.
Dr. Fagge noted that the strike does not in any way profit the lecturers but a needed sacrifice for government to do what is right in the education sector pointing out that “we are not just lecturers, we are also parents and students, so the strike is also affecting us negatively.”
The lecturers, he added, are neither happy nor proud of their products (graduates) any more because they cannot compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe on account of poor learning environment.
The situation, he said, has been made worse because Nigerians now migrate to other nations in the quest for quality education.
The meeting later went into a closed door parley for about two and half hours.
Those in attendance were: Professor Festus Iyayi, Dr. Dipo Fashina, Professor Abdullahi Sule-Kano, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, Professor Victor Osodeke, Dr. A.B.Baffa, Professor Suleiman Abdul, Dr. Victor Igbum and Mr. Michael Odunmorayo.