Senate appeals Academic Staff Union of Universities to shelve the industrial action

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Two days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities started an indefinite nationwide strike, the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions has appealed to the union to shelve the industrial action and return to the negotiating table.

The Chairman of the Senate committee, Senator Jubrin Barau told journalists at the National Assembly yesterday that it was regrettable that ASUU went on strike without engaging the Senate first to seek a way to address the issues that have aggrieved the union.

ASUU had embarked on an industrial action on Monday after accusing the Federal Government of failing to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), among other things.

Meanwhile, The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Samson Ayokunle has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to dialogue with the Federal Government and quickly resolve their outstanding dispute.

Ayokunle, who spoke in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital said both ASUU and the Federal Government are mortgaging the future of Nigerian students by insisting on industrial action.

He said the issue has been on ground for too long, and said there should be a parley between ASUU and government.

BY JUDE