The Primate of the African Church, Nigeria and Overseas, His Eminence, Julius Olayinka Abbe has admonished the federal government to urgently address all the demands of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) so that the 8-month old strike would be called off in the interest of of the students and the entire nation.
Primate Abbe gave the admonition while addressing journalists as part of activities to herald the 3RD Biennial Conference of the African Church, hosted by James Cathedral, Ajegunle, Anago Diocese, Ipokia local government area of Ogun State.
He said part of the demand of the University lecturers demand is the improvement of facilities in public Universities in order for them to compete favourably with their counterparts in the world.
He said, “our lecturers are not just talking about their salaries and the IPPIS System, the improvement of the facilities in our institutions, the essence of research and research grants are among other demands”.
“All these affect both the lecturers and the students. We have been deceived by lip service for too long. Our institutions do not qualify to be ranked among the first 100 in the world. It is very unfortunate. Enough of politicking with our educational system”.
I urge all those concerned with the ongoing meetings of government and ASUU to conclude and give life to all decisions before the end of the year. Year 2021 should start on a bright note for our institutions”.
Speaking on the recent #EndSARS protest that ravaged the country, the cleric described it as a wake up call to the nation’s political leaders to rise up to their responsibilities of providing dividends of democracy in all nooks and crannies of the country.
He said, “awake from your slumber and embark on your daily chores. This is the summary of the action by our youth”.
“These youths deserve our appreciation for serving as a catalyst to good governance. It is unfortunate that the ugly incident that was recorded at Lekki Toll Plaza took place. We commiserate with everyone who lost their loved ones and belongings in the course of the protest. We condemn in strong terms, the reprisal attack, which led to the destruction of our common heritage and innocent lives”.