The House Committee Chairman on Education, Hon Farouk Lawal Thursday said the ongoing strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, could have been prevented had the federal acted early enough.
He revealed this at the National University Commission, NUC, in Abuja saying two months after the ASUU warning strike, the federal government did not do much to prevent the strike.
According to Lawal, after the signing of the ASUU and federal government agreement, it was expected that the executive would quickly implement the agreement but rather, there was no much momentum from federal government. Although part of the agreements has been implemented, he added that dialogue and consultation will resolve the matter.
“If the strike is prolonged, it will only continue to create more problems and I believe that government is determined to ensure that additional problems is not created consciously”, he added.
Meanwhile, the NUC executive secretary, Prof Julius Okojie said the ASUU demand was outrageous as their demand for earn allowance was 106 billion while the capital grant for all universities is 11 billion.
Okojie added that Nigerian university ranking will continue to slide if the strike action continues.