Kano - The Senate President, David Mark, on Sunday pleaded with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to work.
Mark made the plea while commissioning a lecture theatre donated to the School of Management Sciences at the Kano State Polytechnic by Senator Kabiru Gaya.
This is disclosed in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja.
Mark said calling off the strike would salvage the already battered education sector from further deteriorating. He urged the Federal Government not to use the sledge hammer on ASUU on account of the lingering strike.
"We have reached a situation where hard line positions would worsen the situation. My plea to ASUU is to resume classes while negotiation continues" Mark said.
"Nobody, including the university teachers can be said to be enjoying this crisis. It is a huge cost on government, parents, the management, staff and students themselves." he said.
He reiterated the inevitability of quality and functional education for the survival of any nation, saying that everything needed to be done should not be compromised, to save the education sector.
He thanked the senator for the gesture and appealed to corporate organisations, individuals and groups to emulate the senator and join hands in developing the education sector.