Mark seeks end to Federal Government, ASUU feud
Former President of the Senate, David Mark, has urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to take necessary steps toward resolving the industrial action that has crippled teaching and learning in higher institutions.
“Something has to be done to resolve this imbroglio that has lingered for so long. Whichever side it is viewed, this incessant strike is retrogressive and retarding development,” he said..
In his New Year message to Nigerians, Senator Mark urged both parties to, as a matter of necessity, honour the agreements reached. “Otherwise, it becomes ridiculous entering into agreement if it would not be respected.”
He lamented that incessant labour strikes has continued to weaken the nation’s economy and put the future of the country in jeopardy. He reiterated the need to reverse the trend in the interest of the younger generation.
Mark also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to brace up to the task of conducting free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in 2019. He cautioned politicians against the use of inflamatary, rancorous and unprintable languages during the campaigns.
“We must be guided by the rules of the game. Politics is a game. It is a noble path to service to community. It is not an opportunity to fan the embers of war,” he stressed.
The former Senate President also tasked security operatives to do more in the fight against insurgents, saying that a lot needed to be done to give hope to the citizens that they are safe in any part of the country.
He frowned at a situation where some citizens are held as captives in their father’s land with less than one percent rate of regaining freedom, saying it was enough reason to be worried.
Mark implored citizens to assist the security operatives with cogent and verifiable information on the insurgents. “These criminal elements do not habit in the moon. They stay among people in the society”.
He proposed that “ in 2019, both government and the governed must resolve to say enough is enough and bye to all forms of criminality to usher in a new era of peace, freedom and an egalitarian society where every one is his brother’s keeper”.
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