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    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Clerics urge FG, ASUU to End Lecturers’ Strike

    Some clerics in Lagos have urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go back to the drawing table and arrive at a final agreement so that universities can reopen.
    In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, the clerics warned that the prolongation of the impasse would negatively affect the country’s development.

    Femi Asiwaju, Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos State Chapter, urged the Federal Government to address the demands of ASUU so that students would go back to school.
    “The Federal Government should attend to their needs; they should go and look at what those universities look like, so if they are talking on infrastructure, they should address them.
    “Where our children are studying to say the least is regrettable, they should attend to ASUU demands, that is the only way forward, as far as I am concern, ASUU is not asking for too much,” he said.

    Lukmon Abdulraheem, Senior Lecturer, Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), Yaba College of Technology, urged the Federal Government to meet the demands of the union so that the country’s higher institutions would be more equipped and conducive for learning.
    “As far as I am concern, ASUU is fighting a just cause, but the unfortunate thing is our children are bearing the brunt, which is not really a welcome development.

    “So, what I expect the government to do is to approve, the demands are not really personal thing, they want to take the tertiary institutions to the next level,” he said.
    The university lecturers, under the aegis of ASUU, had on June 30 embarked on an indefinite strike.
    The lecturers demand the full-implementation of an agreement they entered into with the Federal Government in 2009.
    ASUU and the Federal Government are yet to arrive at a common ground in spite of series of talks.
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