By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA -The Parents Consultative Association of Nigerian Universities (PCANU) has pleaded with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to shelve their differences and return to the renegotiation table with a view to ending the protracted industrial action in the interest of the nation.
President of PCANU, Donald Sobara, who spoke during an interview in Abuja alongside his Secretary-General, Mr. Austin Nwangwu, said the three-month industrial crisis was a national embarrassment.
Sobara explained that the association was not out to apportion blames to any party in the crisis, but to mediate over the crisis that he said had ravaged the university system with the view to preventing future recurrence.
The official umbrella body of parents of university students noted that, every student hasd a parent or guardian and the association was encompassing, adding that it is the first of its kind that parents will wade into ASUU/FG crisis.
The mandate of PCANU according to the President â€œis to contribute our quota towards the development of university system and to assist in bringing back the lost glory of the entire system, because the government alone cannot provide the needed development in our varsities hence parents have to supplement government effortsâ€.