AS the ongoing negotiation between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government resumed this week, prominent Nigerians, including traditional rulers and past leaders, have been urged to, as matter of principle, save the educational institutions by finding a way forward.
Senator Ahmed Maccido, chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, made the call in a statement to the Nigerian Tribune, adding that leaders and traditional rulers owed the country a duty to callthe Federal Government and ASUU to order.
He described the failure of the parley between the government and ASUU as “a great insult and shame to the country.”
Senator Maccido said the Federal Government should be sincere with the issue, as it entered into an agreement with ASUU way back in 2009, adding that Nigerians were expecting the government to fulfill its terms of the agreement.
He said, inasmuch as ASUU had the right to ask question on the agreement, there should be a positive thinking that the strike would not be a solution to the stalemate, as it would only aggravate the issue and endangered many lives.
Alhaji Maccido, the senator representing Sokoto Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, decried theposture of the Federal Government as unfair, adding that Nigeria was not broke contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
He asked the government to look at other options of solving the problem, adding that “I know that we have excess funds that is always being saved and kept for the rainy time. We have Excess Crude Account and the Sovereign Wealth Fund that run into billions of dollars, from where the government can service the issue of ASUU demands.”
On his constituency, Senator Maccido said the primary responsibility of a lawmaker was to create law and provide good living condition for his people, adding that he had moved further by ensuring that things to alleviate the suffering of his people were provided.
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