Worried by several notice of strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), the Co-chair Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop, Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has appealed to the Federal Government for posterity and the interest of the Nigerian children, avert the notice of strike by ASUU.
ASUU had issued several threats of an indefinite strike over what the union branded the failure of the Federal Government to honour some of the agreements it signed with it in the past.
Recall that in 2020, ASUU went on a nine-month strike, which was called off in December of that year.
Recall again that in 2021, the union issued fresh threats and gave the Federal Government a three-week ultimatum to address its grievances.
Reacting to the development via a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday, captioned, “For the Sake of Posterity and our Children, Please Avert ASUU Strike”, the cleric, urged the Federal Government to immediately engage ASUU in meaningful dialogue with a view to averting the strike.
He said ASUU, embarking on another strike at this point, is an ill-wind that will not blow the Nigerian children, their parents and guardians any good, decrying that incessant strike in Nigeria has become a source of concern and needs be nipped in the bud by the Federal Government.
Bishop. Dr Onuoha, who is also the President of Vision Africa International, stressed the need for the Federal Government and ASUU to approach the negotiating table with open mind and sincerity of purpose, adding that the interest of the teeming students about to graduate and those waiting to gain admission should take pre-eminence in their quests to resolve all contentious issues.
The Global Peace Award Winner, 2013, called on Government at levels to pay attention to education in the country, reiterating that the deplorable condition of virtually all sectors in the country calls for urgent action in redeeming all dilapidated sectors in Nigeria.