Egwu made the appeal while addressing newsmen after monitoring this year’s Monotechnic, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Examinations (MPCE) in Lagos.
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) had on June 22, embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike to compel government to meet their demands.
“Presently, we have agreed to increase their salaries by 40 per cent, which is to take effect from July 1.
“We are doing all we can to ensure that the matter is resolved and get the students back to the classrooms and yet these lecturers are rejecting our offers,” he said.
Egwu said the lecturers were not making things easy for the system by staying away from their duty posts even when government had done the much it could to meet some of their demands.
“They have asked for autonomy of the universities which we have granted. At least they now have a governing council that decides whatever they desire and yet they seem not satisfied,” the minister said.
Egwu said the government and ASUU issue had dragged for quite some time, adding that there was an urgent need for the union to partner the government in seeking a lasting solution.(NAN)