Public Affairs Analyst, Godwin Sogolo has added his voice to that of those who are saying that the ongoing strike by Nigeria’s university lecturers should have been since called off.
He spoke from the Abuja studio of Channels Television while appearing as a guest on Friday’s edition of breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’.
Recalling the issues that led to the extension of the strike and the alleged fresh demands made by the ASUU executives, he said that all that needed to be done has been done, especially by the Federal Government in providing the demanded 200 billion Naira universities revitalisation fund.
The Professor of Philosophy, defended the earlier ultimatum issued by the Federal Government, referring to it as a call to duty rather than an ultimatum. He added that no government would watch its universities closed for 5 months without taking action.
He agreed that the development was unfortunate to have come to the point where the government had to put a threat across, but he said this situation is not peculiar to Nigeria. He believed the ASUU negotiations with the government degenerated because there was a lapse “and I believe it is a leadership problem within ASUU.”
Sogolo however expressed optimism that the strike would be called off very soon.