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ASUU Strike: Presbyterian Prelate urges government action
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December 10, 2013 04:04:50am GMT      |      Views: 775

The Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Prof. Emele Mba Uka has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to do all within his constitutional authority to see that students in the tertiary institutions return to school immediately to end the on-going strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) occasioned by Government’s refusal to honour its 2009 agreement with ASUU.

Addressing newsmen in Calabar, Cross River State, on the current crisis in the university system, the Prelate said that whatever it would cost the Government to resolve the present impasse in the university system was an investment well made in securing the future of the nation as the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

Most Rev. Prof. Uka stated that no responsible Government anywhere in the world would allow students who are the future leaders of the nation to remain idle for over five months for no cause of theirs.  “The more they remain at home,” he said, “the more they become the devil’s workshop.  The situation could cause incalculable damage to the future of the nation in terms of the incidence of crime and social vices as well as the quality of leaders the nation churns out.

 “Besides,” the Prelate continued, “the quality of education in Nigeria is very low because of lack of infrastructure and equipment, poor motivation of teachers and poor remuneration. It is time the Government took concrete steps to reverse this ugly trend in order to restore confidence in the Nigerian education system.”

On the ultimatum issued by the Government for lecturers to return to classrooms or face dismissal, the Prelate warned that the situation did not call for such high-handed approach which, he said, would result in further complications of the crisis.  He reminded the Government that the kernel of the matter was to implement the 2009 agreement reached between ASUU and the Government on university funding. Anything short of addressing the main issue would amount to chasing shadows.

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