United States has expressed worry over the lingering feud between the Federal Government and the striking public universities’ lecturers over their demand for better working conditions.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday, the US Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer, Bill Strassberger, urged the government to resolve the crisis with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
“We are not involved in that negotiation but we can encourage. It is a fear, it is a worry for us because that would make it hard for the students to come.” Strassberger said.
Advising Nigerians to shun those who parade themselves as agents, Strassberger said accurate information regarding studying in the US could be obtained from the embassy.
Earlier, the Head, Education USA, Jennifer Onyukwu, said the ASUU’s strike would affect intending students from Nigeria who wish to study in the US because of the need to obtain their transcript, revealing that statistically, Nigeria was US’s largest sender of students from sub-saharan Africa.
Nigeria currently has about 7,028 students studying at over 700 institutions in the USA.