Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole has expressed his willingness to personally ensure the resumption of talks between the Federal Government and striking university lecturers.
He offered to intervene after a two-hour meeting with the Minister of Education, Sam Egwu, in Abuja on Thursday.
” I am concerned about the dispute between ASUU and the federal government. So the essence of this visit is to have the issues resolved in order to restore some integrity back into the academic calendar of universities. It is necessary to know that the future of Nigeria depends on human capital development, not on liquid (oil) resources.” The governor met with Mr. Egwu in the minister’s office, before holding a joint briefing together.
After the meeting he said “What can be problem is if the parties are not ready to talk.Let’s talk on the issues in the interest of the nation. I want to assure you that over the next couple of days, we will have the parties come back to the negotiation table.”
Open to negotiation
Mr. Egwu, who has been criticized for his role in the nation’s longest union strike in three years, said the Federal Government is willing to reconsider its stand.
“I am appreciative of the governor of Edo state who had come to contribute his quota in trying to resolve this problem which has been lingering for a long time,” he said. “Government is worried like every other Nigerian, we never thought this problem will linger on till this moment. This problem started between ASUU and Government many years ago, since 2001, and renegotiation in 2002 to 2009.”