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Senate begs ASUU to call of strike

By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA — The Senate has made another passionate plea to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the future of their students roaming the streets and call off the on-going strike for a continuous dialogue with the government.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Dr. Joy Emodi, who made the plea during a courtesy call on Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State at Government House, Minna yesterday said even though the agitation of the union was justifiable, the way they were going about it was not justifiable.

According to her, “the agitation by ASUU is justifiable but the way they are going about it needs fine-tuning as it should have human face and therefore make the demand justifiable.”

She said the present administration under President Umaru Ya’Adua was a listening government, judging by the increment by 40 per cent of their salaries recently, adding that this is enough for the union to believe that their other agitations will be looked into and met accordingly.

Emodi and her members who were in Niger State as part of their oversight function noted that the Seven-Point Agenda of the Federal Government could not be achieved without sound education which involves the lecturers and students as the main executors.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto pleaded with the senate to ensure that more funds are allocated to the education sector in order to move the country forward technologically.


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