Disturbed by the prolonged strike by university lecturers, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) has asked the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to shift grounds in order to pave way for an amicable resolution of the strike.
The Executive Director of MMWG, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi in a statement in Ilorin, Kwara State on Tuesday, August 23, stressed the need for the parties involved in the crisis to shift grounds in view of the incalculable damage the prolonged ASUU strike has done to the university education system.
He said the strike has also taken its toll on the businesses of some Nigerians.
Abdullahi said that the hardline posture of ASUU and the federal government will certainly not help matters.
He appealed to the leadership of ASUU to show more patriotism by calling off the strike since the government has accepted the new payment platform.
He said further negotiations for better pay and fulfillment of other parts of the 2009 agreement could continue after the ASUU might have called off the strike.
Abdullahi also asked the federal government to waive the ‘no work, no pay’ policy as far as this particular ASUU strike is concerned, pointing out that the matter is now delicate and cannot be resolved by any hardline posture.
The Executive Director of MMWG said ASUU’s strike is creating economic hardship for many Nigerians and it is reversing the gains already achieved in the tertiary education system.