By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has offered, to host a meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing strike action crippling activities in Nigerian universities.
This was made known in a statement signed by Malam Murtala Aliyu, (Mutawallen Gombe), Secretary-General, Arewa Consultative Forum, dated Thursday April 21, 2022.
“Like any neutral socio-political organization in the country, we are offering to mediate on the impasse between and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The ACF thought it wise to mediate considering the uncompromising stands of the two bodies, as to the issues at stake,” it said.
ACF said that it is with great sense of concern that the it finds it necessary to speak up in the standoff between the negotiation teams, on a situation causing chains of academic strikes in the country.
“The frequency of the strike over the last three decades has set the tertiary education sector years behind, affecting the quality of the products.
“The current impasse has lasted too long, a sign that a different approach is needed to resolve this disagreement of ideas,” ACF said.
The group said that the nation is held to ransom as a result of this deadlock and the situation must stop immediately.
“Arewa Consultative Forum calls on the Federal Government and ASUU, as a matter of urgency, reconsider further dialogues on alternative terms to the former strategies.
“We, again, call on both parties to reconsider changing their approaches, as it is imperative to note here that:-Strike are too many and seem to be outdated and of little effect,” ACF appealed.
They therefore, submitted that alternative measures to strikes must be thought of and the present situation must be reversed, immediately.
“Realistic response should be made to all ASUU requests.It is the parents, students, lecturers and the society, in general, that bear the brunt of these strikes more, and that such scenarios must be avoided to, responsively, deliver services to the nation.
“Every governments’ as well as stakeholders’ actions should be seen to be responsive all through.
“It is, only, reasonable to act, immediately, to address all issues without making the rest of the public suffer any further,” it stressed.