The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, has expressed optimism that the over 7-months strike embarked upon by the union would end in a few days.
He gave the hint on Monday during a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives, presided over by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
While commending the leadership of the house for intervening to end the protracted strike, Mr Osodeke hoped that subsequent strikes would not linger for too long.
“Please, let all of us work together to put a beautiful end to this end to this thing we have started, so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have universities we can be proud of.
“Once again, I want to thank you. I also extend our appreciation to the president for intervening, I want to appeal that in the future, we should not allow strike to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days,” the ASUU president said.
Mr Osodeke also lampooned the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu and his Labour and Employment counterpart Chris Ngige for their poor handling of the industrial dispute.
“If those in charge of [ministries of] Labour and Education had done exactly what the National Assembly did, we would not be where we are today. We would not have stayed more than two or three weeks on this strike. There is strike all over the world — UK, US, all over — but they don’t allow it to last.
“So, once again, thank you very much and we hope that working together, in the next few days, we can put an end to this particular imbroglio in the Nigerian educational system,” Mr Osodeke added.