Leading scientists from Eduwatch Consult and Research Centre are sure that time is running out for university lecturers to end their lingering strike and warns the strikers that they can lose public sympathy if the strike continues.
It came when mothers and women traders marched in solidarity in Abuja on Monday demanding Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end its strike.
Group coordinator Abayomi Ogunnowo says ASUU need to make some sacrifice based on the variants suggested by the Federal Government. Is is required in order to mitigate the decaying infrastructure in the universities, considering the fate of millions of students hanging in the balance.
“Trade unions in the education sector must end the strikes and save the education sector from collapse,” said Ogunnowo.
He also pointed out that Nigeria is the only country where lecturers go on strike to register their grievances with government.
Olusegun Oyewale of Eduwatch, which consist of researchers and analysts in academia, said:
“I would really advise our dear lecturers to bow out now that the ovation is loudest. At the moment, the public have seen no reason in continuing with this strike.”
Oyewale said past delays, neglects of previous government have cost lecturers their trust in government, but insisted the present government in its negotiations since July has demonstrated the will power to resolve the issue by agreeing to provide N130 billion outside the budget out of a total N400 billion requested by the union.