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Jesse Jackson urges ASUU to soft pedal, hails Clark 's initiative

By The Citizen


UNITED States Civil Rights Activist and President  of the Rainbow Push Coalition, Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday arrived Abuja, the nation's capital city to deliver a Keynote address at today's inauguration of former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark Foundation.

Speaking with Journalists at the International Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Jackson who hailed chief Clark for coming up the noble initiative of setting up a University of Technology in his native home, Kiagbodo at 86,  however hailed President Goodluck Jonathan for creating such an enabling environment for a dream of such to be realised.

On the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Rev. Jesse Jackson however urged the striking lecturers to have a rethink.

At the airport to receive him on behalf of Chief Clark were Senator BASSEY Henshaw, former member, Federal House of Representatives, Cairo Ojuogboh; Chief Richard Lamai; member Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Executive Committee, NEC, Mrs Ifeoma Agbomah.

The visiting Jackson later arrived the Asokoro residence of Chief Clark at 7.45pm  amidst serious entertainment from the FCT Cultural Troupe.  On hand to receive the visitor at the residence were the Publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka; former Minister of Police Affairs, General David Jemibewon; Senator Chris Ukpabio; Ambassador, Dr.Bolere Ketebu, among others.

President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to serve as the Special Guest at today's event, the formal launch of N25 Billion NAND fund raising dinner for the proposed Edwin Clark University of Technology, ECUT, Delta State and  the Edwin Kiagbodo Clark Centre for Youth Orientation and Development, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, just as former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon will chair the event.

The programme which is being put together by the Edwin Kiagbodo Clark Foundation  will take place today at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel. Abuja.