By Ehi Ekhator, Colombo, Sri Lanka
David Mark, the Senate President has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to soften their decision and go back to classes in order to revive the educational sector that is already going down.
He made this statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja and repeated the plea during a lecture theatre commissioning for the School of management Sciences at Kano State Polytechnic that was built and donated by Senator Kabiru Gaya.
He advised the Federal Government to have a rethink on the proposed hammer to hit ASUU in order to put the lingering strike to an end.
His words: “We have reached a situation where hard line positions would worsen the situation. My plea to ASUU is to resume classes while negotiation continues.
“The strike has done enough damage to our universities. They have also made their point and I think we should reason together and end this matter.
He stressed the negative effect the strike has caused to parents, government and even the management staff and students of universities.
” Nobody, including the University teachers themselves can be said to be enjoying this crisis. It is a huge cost on government, parents, the management, staff and students of the universities. Nigerians agree that the situation
He added“ASUU over the years has enjoyed the sympathy of Nigerians. I am afraid if they remain adamant on this, they would lose the sympathy and support of the people.”
He reiterated the inevitability of quality and functional education for the survival of any nation saying that every thing needed to be done should not be compromised in other to save our education sector.
He praised Senator Gaya for building and donating the lecture theatre to the Polytechnic named: “Senator David Mark lecture theatre”.
Mark also commissioned solar powered boreholes donated by Gaya to the Nigerian Army’s 3 Brigade Command , Bukavu Barracks , Kano; State Police Command, Bompai , Kano, Nigerian Prisons formation and Kano Golf Club.
Gaya had said the projects were part of his commitments towards giving back to the society in positive ways and ultimately addressing the water supply deficiency faced by the people.