The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Felix Ajakaye, has called on Nigerian university strikers and the government to resolve the lingering crisis that has led to the closure of all public universities.
For more than 60 days, striking lecturers and their non-academic counterparts have grounded learning activities at public universities across the country over disagreements over welfare and other issues.
the Union of University Academic Staff (ASUU) calls for the immediate deployment of University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as the payment platform.
Mr Ajakaye called on both sides to resolve the crisis as soon as possible, saying it would be in the interest of students, parents and the country.
He made the appeal on Friday during the funeral mass held in honor of former Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) Vice-Chancellor Adebiyi Daramola, a professor at St Peters Peters Catholic Church , Okemesi, Ekiti State.
The cleric said the crisis is causing serious discomfort, suffering and uncertainty among students and parents.
He therefore called on both parties to resolve the crisis in the interest of the students and the future of the country.
He said, “Students, parents and the country are affected because of the fight between ASUU and FG. Both sides must find a new way to resolve the crisis and save the country’s university system.”
He added that now is the time for “the leaders of the country and Nigerians in general to have the right attitude and get our priorities right.”
Meanwhile, Mr Ajakaye described the former Vice Chancellor as a God-fearing person who he said made his mark in academia and contributed immensely to the development of his country.
Mr Daramola, who served as FUTA vice-chancellor between May 2012 and May 2017, died on Friday March 25 at the age of 64.
“He left a worthy legacy of excellent service at all his stations in life and especially at FUTA where his legacy lives on,” Mr. Ajakaye said.
Qosim Suleiman is a journalist at Premium Times in partnership with Report for the World, which matches local newsrooms with talented emerging journalists to cover under-reported issues around the world.
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