Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has appealed to lecturers in the state-owned tertiary institutions to call off their ongoing industrial action.
Gov Bello made the appeal in Minna during a meeting with the state Commissioner for Education, Fatima Madugu, and the chairman of the Governing Board, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Muhammad Maiturare.
The governor gave an assurance that pending issues concerning the demands of the lecturers would be addressed immediately.
He said that the Head of Service and the affected ministries would meet with the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress to address pending issues.
He noted that the industrial action by the academic staff of state-owned institutions was not healthy for the state and future generation.
The commission also appealed to the affected workers to return to work because the state government was committed to meeting their demands.
“The governor is very passionate about education and committed to meeting the demands of the striking workers.
“We have a responsible and a responsive governor; I am appealing to our striking workers to call off their action and return to work.”
On his part, Mr Maiturare, a professor, also urged the state government to resolve all pending issues for immediate resumption of academic activities in the state.