The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has declared that in view of the difficulty of the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the strike, it was necessary for neutral individuals to intervene.
The Sultan further regretted that students and their parents were suffering as a result of the prolonged strike.
The Sultan spoke at the National Summit on Education organised by the Unity Schools Old Students Association, USOSA.
Former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili at the summit also called for neutral intervention to resolve the strike.
However, The University of Ibadan of ASUU, has asked the National Assembly not only to appeal to ASUU to call off its strike, but go ahead to assist in plugging spending leakages in government in order to allow for provision of needed infrastructural facilities for Nigerians.
The union also lashed out at the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Prof. Sola Adeyeye, over his comments on the ongoing ASUU strike.
Adeyeye had reportedly asked why a professor will demand payment to supervise postgraduate students.
A release signed by the Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Dr. Olusegun Ajiboye, and tagged- “The Goofing Prof. Adeyeye: Senate and begging comments,” said, Prof. Adeyeye is using public funds to train all his children abroad, hence he lacks knowledge on the situation of things in the Nigerian universities.
Ajiboye also condemned the Senate President, David Mark’s comments that ASUU will lose public sympathy if it does not call off its strike, saying such was a careless talk as the Senate had already lost its credibility among Nigerians over its bogus allowances and its perpetual anti-masses stance as opposed to the progressives in the House of Representatives.
“We are fighting a just cause. Can the Senate members wait for four years of their tenure before their allowances are paid? Can the Senate members seat in the chambers without air conditioners? What role has the Senate played to increase budgetary allocation to education? It is even funny for the Senate President to feign ignorance of the ASUU agreement as the sitting Senate President in 2009.”
But it remains to be seen how long the strike will continue.
The Federal Government has increased the infrastructure development fund from N100bilion to N200billion as formally confirmed today by the House of Representatives, while the earned allowance to be paid was increased to N40billion from N30billion. The House Committee Chairman on Education, Aminu Suleiman informed that the House has been formally briefed on the new government position.