The House of Representatives Committee on Education has pleaded with the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end the prolonged lecturers’ strike, even as it lauded the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, for his efforts in making the new institution to be on a sound footing.
Speaking, yesterday, in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, when he led members of the committee to monitor the progress and challenges of the new university, Chairman, Mr. Aminu Suleiman, said that the committee’s on-going tour of the federal universities across the country was part of its oversight functions of tracking funds contained in the budget.
Suleiman lamented the lingering industrial action by ASUU, pleading with the union and the government to quickly resolve their differences, just as he noted that the two committees on education of the National Assembly had earlier facilitated the dialogue between ASUU and government.
He expressed optimism that the strike would soon be called off by ASUU due to the steps the government had taken.
“As an institution, we are doing the best we could do to ensure the resolution of the strike. Government through the facilitation of the National Assembly had a series of meetings with ASUU. When ASUU issued the ultimatum, government was reluctant to meet with them.”