The Senate wednesday expressed concern at the lingering strike by members of Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, mandated the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund to take up the challenge of bringing the striking workers to a roundtable to resolve issues at stake.
Ekweremadu gave the mandate during the debate of an Act to establish the City University of Technology, Auchi, and for other connected matters Bill 2018.
Senator Francis Alimikhena, (Edo North), who sponsored the Bill, sought the conversion of Auchi Polytechnic to a degree awarding institution.
The bill scaled second reading despite stiff opposition from Senator Sam Egwu that the bill should be killed.
On the NASU strike, Ekweremadu said: â€œWe need to do something urgently about the NASU strike to ensure that we bring them back to their institutions. They have been on strike for a long time. The committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund should take the matter up and ensure that the workers go back to work. It has become a matter of urgent importance that something is done to get the workers back to work.â€