Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, says all hands must be on deck to ensure academic strikes in universities become a thing of the past.
Gbajabiamila made the remarks in a statement issued after the Acadenic Staff Union of Universities announced the suspension of their eight-month-old industrial action.
“It is time to admit certain harsh truths and take radical action,” the Speaker said while thanking the Federal Government and the leadership of the union to reach compromise, leading to the end of the strike.
He regretted that the strike lasted for eight months, noting that it should never have happened in the first place.
“Our public universities should be citadels of learning and innovation, where young people discover themselves and reach for the stars,” he said.
The Speaker called on the government, universities, unions and citizens to begin the critical conversation about the future of public tertiary education in the country.