By Peter Duru
MAKURDI – The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Comrade Abba Moro has urged striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to heed the call of well meaning Nigerians and call-off their three months old industrial action.
Comrade Moro observed that the striking university teachers raised some valid issues pursuant to their agitation, but pointed out that the nationâ€™s educational system has suffered lots of set-back as a result of the current action.
He implored ASUU to call-off its industrial action in the interest of the agonising Nigerian parents and the youths who are currently bearing the brunt of the ongoing action.
According to him, â€œthe current action is definitely not in the best interest of the nationâ€™s educational system. That is the more reason why I am pleading with ASUU to call-off the strike because you will agree with me that the issues in our university system cannot just be addressed at a go. It will definitely take time and of a truth, government is ever ready to deal with these problems but it would take a gradual process,â€ he said.
He noted that talks are ongoing at the highest level of government to resolve the lingering crisis, hinting that the Federal Government would return to the negotiating table, advising the striking teachers show magnanimity by embracing dialogue.
He emphasised that the issues raised by the university unions could well be trashed out in an atmosphere of peace and harmony devoid of an industrial action.