Reporter : AMECHI ODO
The Bishop of Afikpo Diocese, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Right Reverend Paul Udeogu, has called on members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off their industrial action to save the nation’s educational system from collapse.
Speaking at the Diocesan Synod at Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana Ebonyi State, Bishop Udeogu commended the Federal Government for the introduction of IPPIS in the nation’s University system but emphasized that its deficiency as pointed out by the lecturers was an area of concern that should not be ignored.
“Government should listen to the cry of ASUU. We also call on ASUU to suspend the indefinite strike for the sake of the Nigerian students and for the survival of our education system. We encourage ASUU to resume work while they dialogue more with the federal government to resolve the problem,” Bishop Udeogu appealed.
He urged government to look into ASUU’s demands with all sense of patriotism and called for immediate conduct of integrity test on University Transparency and Accountability Solutions, UTAS for deployment.
“Government should also resolve all anomalies in IPPIS and make it more efficient and effective while UTAS integrity test should be carried out immediately,” he said.
According to Bishop Udeogu, ASUU members should resume work for the sake of students while negotiations with the Federal Government continues.