Ngige asks ASUU to return to classrooms
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has asked striking university professors who are members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reflect on the plight of students and parents and to return at work.
In a statement yesterday, the minister said university professors should also take heed of the federal government’s efforts to revitalize the university system and the openness it has shown in improving their well- be, as stated in the MOA 2020 and return to class.
“Think of your students and their parents; consider the perils these students face on a daily basis away from school, as well as the missed opportunities. Restoring glory to our university system is collective and the current government is sufficiently committed to it.
“As a parent whose children are in public universities; I share the pains of ordinary Nigerians. I therefore call on ASUU to call off the strike while other outstanding issues are addressed,” he said.
While congratulating Christians on the occasion of remembrance of the death and resurrection of Christ, Ngige urged Christians to see Easter as another great opportunity to reawaken the dying fervor of personal and collective sacrifice, calling on Nigerians not to not despair in the face of looming national challenges.
Ngige said that just as Christ suffered death for the redemption of mankind, no sacrifice was too much for nation building.
“Through death on the cross and resurrection, Christ left an eternal lesson that obedient and absolute faith in God, perseverance, and sacrifice are the ultimate path to victory. What else does the world want? What else does Nigeria need but these virtues at this overwhelming moment in national history,” Ngige asked.
He therefore charged the nation to “unite in collective sacrifice against the common enemies of insecurity, corruption, lukewarm patriotism and every other vice, eat away at and slow down the progress of Nigeria.”
The minister also commended Christians for “being faithful to Christ, throughout the 40-day Lent, culminating in the crucifixion and death on Good Friday, and eternal damnation from the powers of sin and death through the resurrection. Easter day”.