Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu has appealed to the Federal Government to resume the payment of salary to striking university lecturers.
Recall that the FG had stopped the salaries of public university lecturers following the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The strike which was declared on February 14, has kept students at home for more than five months as negotiations with the FG continue to hit the rock.
Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, said in a video on his verified Facebook page on Wednesday, August 10, that there was a need for the union and the federal government to reach a truce immediately for the benefit of students.
I will like to appeal to both ASUU and the Federal Government to change their stands. A lot of students from my constituency have been calling me and I feel that it is a godly thing for all Nigerians, religious and political leaders and all of us to put our hands together to return ASUU back to work.
And also save the family of ASUU members. Some of them are starving to death because they have been staying for five months without salaries.
Kalu further stated;
I want to also appeal to FG to reconsider, even if it is paying some of their salaries and continue with the negotiations. It is even contained in the Holy Bible and Quran that where you sow is where you reap.
Lecturers have no farm, no business and have nothing to sustain them. I’m calling on all parties involved including the FG of Nigeria to see what they can do immediately.