By Tordue Salem
ABUJA – The HouseÂ Committee on Education held talks yesterday with the Minister of Education, Sam Egwu and the leader of the Federal Government team, Gamaliel Onosode.
The Chairman of the House committee, Faoruk Lawan who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday, urged the academic body to call off the strike and continue to dialogue with the government on reforms in the tertiary education sector.
The union began its industrial action two months ago to press home their demand for the repositioning of the education sector.
â€œDialogue still remains the most important avenue for resolving conflicts and since there is a conflict between the educational institutions and government the only remedy for resolving this conflict is through dialogue.
â€œBut while that is taking place, I believe that our students and parents should not continue to suffer. These issues can still be resolved while classes are going on. So, we are calling on ASUU and all other unions in the universities to call off this strike, resume classes immediately while dialogue continues to resolve these issues.
â€œI use this opportunity to call on ASUU to go back to classes and resume full academic work. I believe it is time for ASUU to end this strike; whatever point they needed to make I believe has already been made. And any further continuation of this action would only continue to worsen a situation that is alreadyÂ bad,â€ he said.
He, however, agreed that the state of education in theÂ country was bad and needed reforms which, according to him, was the main reason ASUU and other unions in the university system embarked on strike. He, however, added that added that it was in the realisation of this that Egwu came up with a â€œroadmapâ€ for the sector in the Country.
According to him, â€œWe all know that the state of education in Nigeria is quite in a bad state and one of the most fundamental issues that ASUU and other unions in the university sector are pursuing is the issue of reforms within the educational sector, the issue of improving the quality and standard of education which is I believe is a very laudable objective and it is one that is shared by all of us, those of us in the legislature and also even those in the executive.
â€œBecause It is in realization of this that the Minister of Education, not too long ago unfolded a roadmap for the reform of the educational sector.