From Rose Ejembi and Scholastica Onyeka, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Federal Government to shift grounds on the negotiation table and resolve ongoing strike to allow students return to classes.
He made the appeal, yesterday, during the commissioning of TETFund projects at Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi (JOSTUM).
Ortom, represented by the Commissioner of Education, Sarwuan Tarnongo, urged both the Federal Government and ASUU to sheathe their swords in the interest of the students and state of education in Nigeria and re-open the universities for resumption of academic activities.
“I also wish to seize this opportunity to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of ‘Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to shift grounds on the negotiation table resolve the lingering strike by ASUU in the interest of the Students and state of education in Nigeria and re-open the universities for resumption of academic activities.”
He commended TETFUND for its commitment towards improvement in the nation’s tertiary education sector through the various intervention programmes even as he wished its management well as it undertakes the onerous task of salvaging infrastructure of the nation’s tertiary institutions.