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Ortom decries FG, ASUU face-off

By Peter Duru

Makurdi -  National Auditor of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Samuel Ortom, has decried the lingering face off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government, pleading that the union call off its industrial action to save the country’s educational system from total collapse.

Ortom whose plea is in reaction to the decision of the ASUU-NEC meeting which resolved to persist with the industrial action, urged the aggrieved university teachers to listen to the voice of reason and pleas from good spirited Nigerians and call off the action.

The PDP stalwart noted that it was obvious that both parties to the dispute had shifted grounds on some earlier held positions, and urged all members of the negotiating teams to avoid apportioning blames but brace up to the challenge of resolving the crisis.

The former Benue state Chairman of the PDP lamented the biting effects of the current global financial crisis on the nation’s economy, stressing that the downturn has to a large extent eroded the financial capacity of governments at all levels and its carrying abilities for financial burdens.

He implored ASUU and other university unions to call off their action while negotiations are ongoing assuring that the President Yar’Adua’s administration is committed to addressing the rot in the country’s educational sector.


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