As the strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities enters its fourth day, some government officials have been trading blame.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin, who moved a motion on the strike at plenary on Wednesday, blamed the Federal Government for not implementing the agreements it reached with ASUU.

Seconding the motion, Senator Shehu Sani said ASUU strike was a national problem.

Sani said, “The issues raised by ASUU are important. The Federal Government needs to fund public universities. The issues raised by ASUU are in the best interest of education in Nigeria and our young people. Our universities need adequate funding and adequate attention.”

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Senator Mao Ohuabunwa stated that government should begin to live up to its responsibility.

He said when he was the  Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, intervened in the last face-off between the government and lecturers.

Saraki said, “Apart from calling off the strike, it is important for the Federal Government to honour the agreements they have reached with ASUU as soon as possible, so that this matter can be resolved. ASUU should also bear in mind the interest of all Nigerians and ensure that they find an amicable solution to this.”

Jibrin also called on the Federal Government to resolve its problems with ASUU.

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