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Civil society wants ASUU to endorse Jonathan's proposal , end strike

By The Rainbow


A coalition of civil society organisations wants the Acedemic Staff Union of Universities to take a positive view of the proposal by President Goodluck Jonathan and end the lingering strike.

The coalition pleaded with chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to endorse the submission of President Goodluck Jonathan forwarded to them by the Dr Nasir Fagge-led national leadership of the union.

In a communiqué after  its roundtable dialogue held  in Kaduna over the lingering strike, the coalition, made up of 12 civil society organisations, pleaded 'with ASUU to consider the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly, the pleas of prominent individuals, senior citizens, and concerned Nigerians to immediately call off the strike action.'

They also asked the  'government to critically look at the demands of ASUU and put in place mechanisms for a robust implementation of the offers made as a sincere intervention to holistically address the challenges facing university system' in Nigeria.

According to them, ASUU should 'in good conscience consider the plight of Nigerian Students, the concerns of parents and guardians, the economic melt-down of host communities of Universities and the overall impact on the socioeconomic development of the country.'