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.
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Sequel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ grievance on the failure of the federal government fulfil her 2009 agreement and 2013 memorandum of understanding(MoU), an indefinte strike has been assumed due to the nationwide referendum conducted on August 10,2017.
The result of the referendum conducted in University of Ibadan shows that majority of the staffs are in support of the indefinite strike. In a discussion with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, about the looming strike, he said,
“Branches of ASUU Nationwide apparently conducted a referendum yesterday on some of their outstanding grievances with the Federal Government. I learnt that in UI, majority voted overwhelmingly for a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike. ASUU National EXCO will meet over the weekend to collate the ballots from various branches. We pray for a divine intervention as it seems that’s the only thing now that can still possibly prevent a complete shutdown of the various campuses as from next week. We have our fingers crossed”.
The academic calendar of the institution for the 2016/2017 session has also been affected in advance with the looming strike action. The Vice chancellor expressed his displeasure against the forces that seem unstoppable. He plaintively responded that students would bear the brunt if such happens by going back home.
“We don’t know as yet. I just want my boys and girls in Pharmacy to be allowed to complete their First Semester Exams. Obviously, if there is an indefinite strike, Students would bear the brunt by going back home while the already truncated calendar is thrown into a further state of disequilibrium. This hurts me personally but what can one do.”
Most students of the University of Ibadan are of the opinion that there shouldn’t be any strike action because of the effect on the school calendar.