By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€” Foremost labour activist and Comrade Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole yesterday waded into the face off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government over the protracted strike action, warning that it is dangerous to prolong closure of universities in this digital age.
Comrade Oshiomhole who rekindled the determination to resolving the ongoing crisis told newsmen shortly after a closed door meeting with the Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu in Abuja, that, the three months industrial crisis would end soon.
Besides, Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu has yielded to pressures from some quarters when declared that â€œthe Federal Government is even willing to shift grounds because it (government) cannot be dogmatic.”
According to Oshiomhole, â€œlike any Nigerian as a governor of Edo State, I am concerned about the dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
And like any patriotic Nigerian, we are all desirous to have this issue resolved so that we can restore integrity to the academy calendar, and young people should be able to plan their lives.”
He said â€œin the digital world, we cant simply afford prolong closure of universities because the future of our country depends not on our liquid resources, oil, gold etc, it is the function of our human capital and educational system is critical to the development of our human capitalâ€.
â€œSo, I think it is in the appreciation of this fact that I have come to discuss with the minister on what any of us can do, whatever role we can play, because I have friends on both sides and I believe that we can talk through the issue and find a win-win formula that would be acceptable to all the partiesâ€, he said.
â€œI am convinced that everybody means well, government itself means well, President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua means well. He appreciates the importance of education, there is no doubt in my mind that more than any president before him, he recognises that education is key to our futureâ€.