Uba Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District and an All Progressives Congress governorship hopeful in the state, has urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the negotiating table to end the more than 80-day strike amicably.
The politician claims that the longer public universities remain closed, “the more the children’s and country’s futures are mortgaged.”
Sani made the remarks while saluting the tenacity of Nigerian workers in a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday to commemorate ‘Workers’ Day.’ He also urged the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table with university lecturers in order to end the lingering strike that has kept Nigerian students out of school for months.
He noted that the new economy was knowledge-driven as such allowing the ASUU strike to linger on would worsen the nation’s economy.
The lawmaker said, “We appeal to the Federal Government to seize the occasion of Workers Day to reenergise its negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities in order to resolve the lingering disagreements that have kept Nigerian children at home for many months.
“The more public tertiary institutions remain closed, the more the future of the children and the country is mortgage
“The new economy is one that is knowledge-driven. If we fail to resolve issues now, we may worsen our socio-economic crisis.”
The APC governorship hopeful also enjoined workers to participate actively in peace-building in their respective communities to ensure the restoration of peace and order in the state.
This was just as he assured that he would prioritise workers’ welfare and implement policies and programmes that would better the living conditions of the people, if given the opportunity to govern the state in 2023.
Sani, who is also the Senate Committee Chairman on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, added, “deploy your intellect and energies to build resilient communities. Well-organised community defence groups can supply the necessary intelligence to security agencies to nip security threats in the bud.
“We are working assiduously to secure the mandate of the good people of Kaduna State. If, by the special grace of God, I get the people’s mandate, I will prioritise workers welfare and implement policies and programmes that will better the living conditions of the people.”