Some leaders of students unions have added their appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to accept the offer from the Federal Government and call off their ongoing strikes.
Students’ leaders who made the appeal in a chat with newsmen in Abuja included the President of Ladoke Akintola Student Union Government, Ayorinde Rufus, president of University of Ibadan Students Union Government, Babatunde Badmus and the chairman of the Obafemi Awolowo Student Union Transition Committee, Ayo Toluwalase Shedrach. Others include Abubakar Umar a student Union leader from Ahmadu Bello University and Isaiah Johnson, a student leader from Ambrose Ali University.
The Federal Government had ordered immediate disbursement of one hundred billion for various projects across the federal universities while another thirty billion was released to pay part of the accumulated allowances of the lecturers.
Mr Johnson noted that “with the offer at hand, plead with ASUU to go back to work. A bird at hand is better than millions in the bush. In any case, since that agreement was signed, this is the first time the government will release such huge amount. They should take it and return to work”, the three hundred level students said.
Another student leader Mr Rufus of LAUTECH urged the lecturers to reciprocate the good gesture of the government by going back to work, adding, ‘our lecturers have made their point and it is normal to accept this offer as a good beginning.
“ASUU should not over flog the matter. While we know they are workingand pushing for us, it is time they think of the plights of us the students. It is time the strike is called off”, he said.