Anglican Bishops and other members of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Provincial Council rose from their meeting in Owerri, recently, with a call on the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to sheath their swords.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the council stated that “both ASUU and the Federal Government should jettison their hard positions and self-righteousness to reach a creative compromise sooner than later,” adding: “This is a passionate plea from the Owerri Ecclesiastical Provincial Council”.
ASUU has been on strike for more than two months to press for the government to honour an agreement they had reached earlier over funding of the universities.
The meeting was the 22nd Regular Meeting of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Provincial Council (Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion) held at Christ the Good Shepherd Centre, Uzii Mission Compound, Owerri and hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, under the chairmanship of the Provincial Archbishop, the Most Rev. (Dr)Caleb Maduoma (JP).
The council observed that the seven-week ASUU strike was detrimental to the students and therefore called on states federal government, including the National and State Assemblies to seek a fresh approach to end the strike.
It commended the efforts of Imo State government on Education but called for the release of primary schools to churches who owned them originally as has been done with some secondary schools in Imo State.
On cases of assault on farmers in the South East villages by Fulani herdsmen grazing their cattle, the council urged the state government and federal agencies to check the ugly tread before it gets out of hand.