The Senate has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off its ongoing strike in the interest of the students and Nigerians in general.
Jibrin Barau, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, made the appeal while addressing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that while the Senate sympathised with the union, its members should call off the strike while negotiating with the federal government towards finding lasting solution to the problem.
Mr. Barau said the Senate, in a letter sent to it by ASUU, learnt that part of the grievance was lack of confidence in the committee set up by the federal government to re-negotiate the 2009 agreement.
The lawmaker recalled that when the union declared warning strike earlier this year, the Senate intervened and ensured that the problem did not linger.
He said that ASUU did not report back to the Senate on the difficulties it had in the re-negotiation with the committee before embarking on the strike.
He urged the union to re-consider its position and return to the re-negotiation to save the students, parents and the entire nation the negative effects that would result from the action.
Mr. Barau assured that the committee would monitor the settlement process between ASUU and the committee set up by the federal government to ensure amicable resolution of the problem.