The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A Adeboye, has urged the Federal Government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the ongoing impasse without delay.
He said in a report by the Guardian that the industrial action embarked upon by ASUU was caused by governments’ failure to address their demands, adding that the more the strike was prolonged, the more the economy and the development of the country suffer.
He said this yesterday at the monthly thanksgiving service, where he celebrated the 50 years anniversary of his marriage with prayers for families and the unmarried at RCCG’s headquarters in Ebute-Metta, Lagos.
Adeboye, who spoke through the Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, said that the need for the Federal Government and ASUU to reach a consensus immediately becomes very crucial because education was the livewire of every successful country.
He added that the students were not only at the receiving end but also that the future of the country was at stake if the strike was allowed to continue.
“Higher institutions of learning are the citadels where learning takes place to bring development to any country. Therefore, continuous strike will only continue to aggravate the chaos that would eventually lead to retrogression in the economy.
“I, therefore, plead with the Federal Government to realise that education is the live wire of this country and to the best of its ability, accede to the demands of ASUU, while the union should be considerate with its demands knowing the present state of the country’s economy”, he said.