BENINâ€”EDO State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed its concern over the continued closure of Nigerian universities as a result of the industrial dispute between the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Rising from its 2009 plenary session in Benin weekend, the association lamented that the closure of the universities had brought untold hardship to parents and students and called on both parties to find amicable solution to the crisis. In a nine-point communiquÃ©, CAN, while appreciating the amnesty initiative of the presidency, also appealed to the federal government to genuinely address the grievances of the Niger Delta which has resulted in restiveness in the area.
The Christian body also condemned in strong terms the mayhem occasioned by the strike of the Boko Haram Islamic sect which resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property in some states in the northern part of the country, calling for the prosecution of those involved. Commending Edo State government for its efforts at restoring the Benin City master plan, the association, however, appealed that it should be done with a human face to cushion the effects on those affected.
The 2009 plenary session with the theme, Be a Light unto the Nation, also featured prayer session, praise worship and others. Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who was the special guest of honour, was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Pally Iriase. The governor assured of governmentâ€™s support for the association.