Fayemi tasks FG, ASUU on truce
• Union accuses govt of toying with future of youths
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has pleaded with the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve their differences in the interest of students.
He called for urgent dialogue to end the crisis.
The governor also urged the lecturers to consider the plight of the undergraduates and their parents to shift grounds with a view to amicably settling the over seven-month strike.
Fayemi spoke when he received members of Board of Trustees of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, led by its chairman and former governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, in Ado-Ekiti.
“We need to get to a point of convergence with ASUU, but I also think ASUU should begin to look at this from the position of their importance. It is the students of the ordinary Nigerians who attend local universities.
“Whatever the areas are, we would like to engage them, not as Federal Government but as concerned parties at the level of government who feel that we can still work out an arrangement in which you don’t completely dictate to your employer how he pays your salaries,” he pleaded.
MEANWHILE, the union has accused government of toying with the future of Nigerian youths on account of the lingering industrial action.
A statement issued by the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Benin Zone, Prof. Fred Esumeh, said in the wake of the EndSARS protests, government representatives appeared ready for meaningful engagement towards the resolution of the strike, “but has since gone back to the ‘let us keep ASUU talking’ syndrome.”
Frowning on the “lackadaisical attitude of government” in addressing issues raised by the union, the don said the exercise was called to compel government to honour the February 2018 Memorandum of Action (MoA).