By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-AGAINST the backdrop of an order of the National Industrial Court, Wednesday, ordering the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off its ongoing strike, the pro-chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed has advised the federal government to apply caution in handling the crisis with the union.
According to Modibbo, who is also the
Chairman, Governing Council of the university,
only a court order cannot resolve the crisis between ASUU and the government.
Reacting to the court judgment, Modibbo while appealing to both the government and ASUU to embrace dialogue in order to find a lasting solution to the strike, insisted that resorting to force was not a solution.
He said: “I am a pro-chancellor of a university and we have made a presentation to the president. Court orders and fiat instructions or directives will not solve a crisis. What you need to do is to settle down and dialogue more.”
“I believe ASUU is prepared to concede more and Mr. President has said he will consult more and get back to the pro chancellors,” he added
He further said: “I believe if that is done we will be able to resolve the crisis rather than just giving a fiat order. We are in a democracy, we are not in a military dictatorship. I believe there will be dialogue at the end of the day.”