Posted by News Express | 23 October 2013 | 3,822 times
Efforts by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to help resolve the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have run into a hitch after the union’s leadership refused to grant CAN’s request for a meeting over the issue.
CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, disclosed this Monday in Abuja. Speaking while inaugurating CAN’s committee on the proposed National Dialogue, Oritsejafor revealed the steps taken by CAN in resolving the four months old face-off between ASUU and the Federal Government.
He said that CAN has reached out to both government and the leadership of ASUU to shift ground in the best interest of the students.
Oritsejafor’s words: “About ASUU, I’ve tried not to make any comment about the strike. I think Nigerians should know that we are not silent. We’ve made several attempts. I’ve had several phone conversations with ASUU president. I made a proposal for us to meet, but I didn’t hear much from him.
“We’ve also approached the government and we told them the strike isn’t good for Nigeria. We told them something needed to be done to end this situation. We were promised that they were ready to shift ground. As I speak, we’ve not been able to meet ASUU.
“Let me say that I’m appealing as President of CAN to both government and ASUU to come back and sit down. We need to face this problem. In any situation where two parties cannot seem to agree, there must be movements from both sides. I heard government has moved the amount. For the sake of our children and this nation, they should find way to mend fences and find a way to come to an end.”
News Express reports that the strike, launched by ASUU in a bid to force government to implement a 2009 funding agreement, has kept Nigeria’s university students at home since July 1.
•Photo shows ASUU National President, Dr. Nasir Fagge.
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