Taraba State Government has on Monday pleaded with the state university chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) to call off its six months old strike.
According to LeadershipNg, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Anthony Jellason, while chatting with pressmen in Jalingo, called on the lecturers to call off the strike in the interest of the state and the students.
The SSG disclosed that the new administration inherited a huge debt of over N28 billion and needed some time to solve the numerous challenges facing the state.
He said: “I want to use this medium to call on our citizens, particularly friends and relations of the lecturers, to help appeal to ASUU members.
“They should consider the financial condition of this government and in the interest of the state and the students call off the strike.
“The essence of setting up the university was to have our children in school, thus keeping them now at home is of no help to all.’’
Jellason reminded ASUU that the problem the state is currently facing was caused by the former government, urging the Union to call off the strike and give the new administration breathing space to generate funds.