By Emmanuel Aziken
The Senate yesterday made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government and striking university teachers to quickly resolve the crisis in the education sector to avoid its collapse.
The Senateâ€™s appeal conveyed on the Senate floor was echoed by Senator Joy Emodi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, who appealed to the government to apply the same zeal it used in tackling the banking crisis to resolve the crisis in the sector.
While noting the concessions made by government, Senator Emodi said the lecturers had also made a patriotic sacrifice by their struggle which she said was in the interest of the nation.
Making his appeal during yesterdayâ€™s plenary session, Senate President, David Mark, said: â€œI wish to appeal to ASUU and the Federal Government to come to a conclusion on the negotiation in respect of the ongoing strike.
“This protracted strike is not in our interest and that of the nation. The Senate Committee on Education should try and step in again to bring the face-off to an end. We must protect our educational system because it is the live-wire of our nation and we cannot subject it to avoidable politics.â€™â€™
Echoing Mark, Emodi said: â€œASUU has a genuine reason but I will continue on behalf of my committee to plead with them, to use their patriotic zeal to see what they can do, to come to the negotiation table.
â€œFrom what is happening, I will now urge the government to look at the possibility of coming up with something more than what they have offered because no matter what we put in education, it will not be too much because education is the only instrument of development.
â€œSo, I urge the government to see what they can do because I know if they can go back to the negotiation table they are human beings and if they go back to the negotiation table with a better offer together with good communication skills I know that ASUU will like to back down. Let them take what they think is possible now.”