Education

ASUU Strike: Baptist Convention President Calls for Prompt Resolution

For the upteenth time, the  Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has again extended its ongoing strike by another twelve weeks, making it six months running that students have been off academic work. Reason for the Union’s refusal to call off the strike remains government’s negligence to honour their agreement on issues affecting the academic community.

This lingering crisis with no solution in sight yet is what probably informed the advise by the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr Israel Akanji, to ASUU to also explore other viable means of sustaining the University system.

Dr Akanji gave the advice at a news conference in Ibadan.

“We  believe that the future of our nation rests on quality education and all stakeholders must work together to get it right. We as Christian body will continue to raise our voices in prayer for divine intervention in the quick resolution of the challenges in the country education sector” Dr Akanji said.

The Baptist convention president explained that, such step would put an end to incessant strike, saying that developed nations of the world also seek help  from non-governmental organisations, individuals and society for their survival. 

He appealed to the Federal government and ASUU to come to terms and resolve the impasse so as to stabilise the academic calendar.
On security, Dr Akanji urged government to seek assistance from other countries of the world to tackle insecurity in Nigeria.

He explained that the issue of security had seriously affected the development of Nigeria hence  the need for decisive action from government and prayers from all Nigerians.
“As a Christian denomination, we cannot but look up to God in prayer for help. We strongly advise government at the three tiers of government to organise constant prayers as one of the weapons to Curbing and resolving security challenges in Nigeria.  In the interim, we urge  government to swallow pride and engage international help in various efforts to decapitate terrorist groups in Nigeria”
 Rev Doctor Akanji further appealed to the governor of Kwara state Abdul razak Abdul Rahman to reconsider  his stand on the case of Oyun  Baptist  secondary school ijagbo which was shut down over a hijab controversy.
“It is also expected that other Christian schools in other parts of the state should be allowed the freedom to express their long-standing philosophies of  operation which have contributed immensely to the development of our country”
He said reopening of the school would enable the students to continue with their education and particularly enable the final year students to write their examination
Abisola Oluremi

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