BY TONY EDIKE &CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA—The President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has urged the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to shift ground to resolve the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the union.
This came as lecturers at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, reaffirmed their support for the ongoing nationwide indefinite strike.
Oritsejafor, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at the celebration to mark the country’s 53rd independence anniversary, said to resolve the strike that would be 90 days old today would not be a ‘win-win’ situation, adding that the two parties must give and take, in the interest of Nigerian students.
“Government must shift ground and ASUU also must shift ground. If they will allow us, we can resolve it, we are prepared to provide solution, if they will allow us, it is possible,” he said.
Also, the CAN boss in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kenny Ashaka, yesterday, in Abuja stated that as leader of the continent, Nigeria deserved more than she had attained so far.
Although the country is yet to achieve the desired standard of conduct and performance envisaged by its founding fathers, Oritsejafor expressed a strong hope that development would come as soon as all the challenges inhibiting its progress were surmounted.
He said: “We must keep hope alive; we are still together and would be together. There has been modest improvement and development. It could be better.
“But the atmosphere is not encouraging enough to hold those administering the country accountable, talking about the security challenges. We must all return to the path of sanity to be able to develop.”
Meanwhile, lecturers at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, have reaffirmed their support for the ongoing nationwide indefinite strike of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.