Bauchi State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, to sacrifice their interests and consider the plight of the masses who are victims of ongoing strikes.
State Secretary of CAN, Rev. Joshau Rai Mains, who made the appeal, yesterday, in an interview in Bauchi, lamented that education and health sectors in the country were in shambles and if
nothing was done to salvage the situation, Nigerians would be worse for it.
Joshau argued that continuous strikes were not healthy for the development of the country, as such the striking unions should reconsider their stance and call off the strikes.
He said: “The health and education sectors are very important in the development of any country and if these two sectors are grounded, how can we progress in the country? You will never hear a time that the
health and education sectors in developed countries are going on strikes because these countries know how vital these sectors are.
“In Nigeria, the reverse is the case; every sector of the country, once they are pursuing their personal interests, they forget about the plight of the common man.
“The Medical and Health Workers union in the country should reconsider the distress the strike has put patients in. I know this strike might have led to the death of some people, who did not get urgent medical attention.”
The group called on the Federal Government to be sincere in implementing its agreement with the two unions so that the workers could return to work.
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