A former member of the National Assembly, Sen. Daniel Saror, has criticised the prolong strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) describing it as `unfortunate’.

Saror told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that the development would impact negatively on the education sector especially the undergraduates.

“This is causing a lot of discomfort and inconvenience to parents and children. Government should resolve the impasse immediately in the interest of the students,’’ he said.

The lawmaker who represented Benue North-East Senatorial Zone between 1999 and 2007 urged the government to meet ASUU’s demands by releasing N200 billion to them.

“ A N100 billion a year is of no value because it will not do anything to turn the situation around the university system’’ he said.

Saror, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, regretted that other African countries no longer send their citizens to school in Nigeria due to incessant strikes.

He stressed that more needed to be done in the education sector not only the universities but in other sections of the sector.

Members ASUU have been on strike for the past three months demanding the implementation of the terms agreements it reached with government since 2009.

The Federal Government had released N130 billion for the payment of some allowances and meeting the infrastructural needs of the universities. (NAN)

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