17 November 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The FCT Baptist Conference has called on the Federal Government and leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve their differences and reopen universities as soon as possible.
This is contained in a statement Signed by the Public Relations officer of the Conference, Rev Adebayo Oladeji
it states that the ongoing closure of the universities is unacceptable and unjustifiable.
“We note with dismay and concern the frequent and over-prolonged ASUU strikes which have caused untold hardship to the students, their parents and the lecturers in the public Universities.
The Conference calls on the Federal Government and leadership of ASUU to resolve the issue amicably in the interest of the students whose future is being wasted as a result of the strike.
The Conference also tasks the Government to address all demands made by youths in the #EndSARS protests with a view to prevent reccurrence in the future.
“We note the pertinent issues raised by the Nigerian youths during the #EndSARS protests against police brutality, deteriorating security and socio- economic conditions of the Country.
The Conference commended the Government on the preliminary steps taken thus far to address some of the issues, adding that the outstanding issues should be promptly pursued to a logical conclusion.
It commends the efforts of churches in providing palliatives during the lockdown and stresses the need to build a quick response structure for interventions during emergencies.
The statement also calls on the Nigerian Baptist Convention to show interest in the ongoing national discourse on the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) (2020 as amended) and also make known its position to the government on the law.
“As a Conference, we call on the Federal Government to suspend the aspect that puts the Church under its control, it is totally unacceptable”