Rep member appeals for settlement between ASUU, federal government

By Ruth Oginyi

Hon. Anayo Edwin-Nwonu, a member representing Ezza North/Ishielu federal constituency, in the House of Representatives, has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) and the federal government to attain a settlement and end the feud between them.

He said such will help the youths of the country.

In a statement, the lawmaker said the industrial action was both avoidable and regrettable.

Hon. Nwonu said that the unabating disruptions witnessed in the education sector due to strikes were disturbing to him and all other stakeholders in the education sector and Nigerians in general because of the negative impacts of the strikes on the careers of Nigerian youths.

“Since the grouses and demands of the Academic Staff Unions of Universities, ASUU, are genuine; and the Federal Government might have been afraid of the capital intensity of ASUU’s demands, I wish to hereby reiterate my earlier appeal to the Federal Government and ASUU to exploit the option of positive compromises and come to an amicable resolution of this trade dispute.

“By positive compromise, I mean that notwithstanding the economic situation, the Federal Government should take radical reasonable steps or actions in the direction of proper funding of the Nigerian education sector because the sector cannot just remain in its state now. On the other hand, ASUU should take cognizance of the ailing economy of Nigeria, especially the fact that there are some necessary things that the Nigerian economy cannot permit the federal government to provide at the moment. With this middle-road mindset, the parties to the dispute will make necessary concessions and resolve the trade dispute to enable our youths to resume their studies.

“This way, our youths will be saved from the distracting frustration which naturally flows from strikes. The Nigerian nation as a whole will also be saved the challenges of youth restiveness which usually culminates into and compounds the country’s security challenges”, he stated.

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