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Lawmaker appeals to FG, ASUU to end face-off

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—AS the face off between the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rages on, the member representing Ughelli South in Delta State House of Assembly, Olorogun Taleb Tebite, has called on the feuding parties to sheathe their swords in the interest of students and their parents.

Tebite, who made the call while chatting with Vanguard on telephone yesterday, suggested that both parties should go back to the negotiation table to find a lasting solution to the lingering problem and particularly the demands of the lecturers.

He noted that the ongoing strike would further worsen the dwindling standard of university education in the country, and reiterated that the present stance of the government and the striking lecturers would only jeopardize the educational pursuit of Nigerians.

Pointing out that some Nigerians were spending enormous sums of money studying abroad, the lawmaker stated that total overhauling of the system would correct the anomaly.

He added that Nigerians would study in the country  once the university educational system was guaranteed.

Tebite, however, appealed to ASUU to call off the strike for the benefit of Nigerian students and their parents, adding that there were a lot of social vices associated with the industrial action.

He urged the government to initiate policies and programmes that would promote better funding of Nigerian universities, stressing that the university system needed to be properly funded.

Tebite advised Nigerian students not to take advantage of the strike to perpetrate violence in their communities and urged them to spend their quiet moments studying their books.


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