Strike action: Islamic group calls for resolution of FG-ASUU faceoff

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An Islamic group, Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Wa’ Ikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS), on Wednesday called on both the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the ongoing strike by university teachers immediately.

The call was made in Bauchi by the Deputy National President of the group, Sheikh Sa’idu Hassan Jingir.

Jingir asked that religious and traditional leaders be allowed to intervene in the lingering crisis, so as to resolve all contending issues between them.

The JIBWIS Deputy President said this has become imperative considering the level of influence that religious and traditional leaders have in the society, which according to him could be used to resolve the crisis between both parties.

He made it known that there is a need for the government to give attention to lecturers’ welfare in view of their immense contribution to national development.

Jingir advised lecturers to avoid tribal and religious favoritism, sexual harassment of their students, among other acts he described as ungodly.

Meanwhile, the JIBWIS leader has commended the recent Federal Government policy of increasing teachers’ retirement age to 65 and service years to 40 and other incentives announced by President Muhammadu Buhari at this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration.

They (JIBWIS) are asking both parties to act in the interest of Nigerian students.

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