ASUU has been on strike for over three months.
The Bishop of Nsukka Catholic Dioceses, Godfrey Onah, has urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to resolve the ongoing strike in order to prevent university students from taking to vices.
Mr. Onah made the call in Nsukka on Friday at the burial of Josephine Abba, the mother of Vita Abaa, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State.
He said if the students become frustrated by staying at home for too long, they could be used as thugs by politicians in the buildup to 2015 elections.
The bishop pleaded with ASUU, who have been on strike for over three months, to consider the future of Nigerian students and suspend the strike.
“ASUU should make some sacrifices, considering the fate of millions of students that is hanging in the balance.
In a funeral oration, Mr. Abba said his mother raised her children in the fear of God.
“It is unfortunate that death has snatched her from the children and husband she cared so much for,” he said,
Some of those present were Sunday Onyebuchi, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, who represented Governor Sullivan Chime and Okwesilieze Nwodo, former National Chairman of PDP.
Also, the Women Guild of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has urged the Federal Government and trade unions in the education sector to resolve their differences, end strikes and save the education sector from collapse.
The Guild gave the advice at the opening of the 14th Annual Diocesan Women’s Conference of the Abuja diocese on Friday.
The President of the Guild, Nkasiobi Okoh, said stakeholders had underestimated the enormity of the crisis created by the strikes in the education sector.
“I don’t know if I am right, but it appears Nigeria is the only country where lecturers go on strike to register their grievances with the government.
“So, ASUU has to have a rethink, ASUU is at fault, government is at fault, both of them have to come together and resolve their differences and open the schools immediately.
“These children are suffering and we are likely going to pay for it in future’’, he said.
Mrs. Okoh said the responsibility of resolving the dispute in the sector was that of parents, lecturers, government and other stakeholders in the sector.
She said the present situation called for compromise and sacrifice from all interested parties. She urged mothers to prevail on their husbands, especially those in positions of authority, to put the interest of the system ahead of others.
Mrs. Okoh said women must begin to make sacrifices to restore sanity to the society.
She called on Christian mothers to pray for peace and unity and for the success of leaders at all levels. She said the church had organised the event to sensitise women to their responsibilities in the increasingly challenging Nigerian society.
The guild president said that resource persons at the conference would speak to participants on better ways of running a good Christian home.
She said that the performance of women in positions of authority was encouraging and called on government to appoint more women to leadership positions.
About 1,000 women from branches of Abuja diocese are participating in the three-day conference.
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