UNIUYO Staff Turn Spiritual, Pleading With God To Intercede In The ASUU Strike. 

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Academic and non-academic staff members at the University of Uyo in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, have prayed to God for help in the lingering Nigerian university strike over the Federal Government’s alleged refusal to honor the renegotiated 2009 agreement and deploy the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

The university’s staff prayed to God to touch the heart of the Federal Government so that the strike would not merely be called off, but that strategic things would be done to improve Nigeria’s education system at a covenant service held on Tuesday at Onyema Ugochukwu Auditorium, town campus.

Rev Dr Godwin Amawo, the guest speaker, spoke on the event’s subject, “understanding the times”

prayed that God would speak to Nigerians who employ domestic servants or that the government would not refuse to pay the workers their salary.

He also begged for God to intervene in humanity’s issues.

Different staff employees, on the other hand, took part in the prayer session, saying,“There shall be no more industrial action in all our universities. In this covenant service, may the ASUU strike come to an end. We pray that God will make the federal government and all the agencies responsible do the right thing. May the staff in the Nigerian universities eat the fruit of their labor.

“God you still reveal yourself in the dream, may you show up in their(FG) dreams and may they not rest until the right thing is done in our institutions so that the future of our children will be assured.”

The staff members prayed against the country’s insecurity saying,“In this covenant prayer, may You release the whirlwind to blow off insecurity bedeviling Nigeria in Jesus’ Name. Banditry is holding sway, may you release your angel of war to fight the battle for Nigeria.”

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, who explained the theme of this year’s covenant service as appropriate, said that the renewal of the covenant that the University has had with God since 2002 was in recognition of what He has done for the institution and what He is about to do.

The vice Chancellor expressed optimism that things would improve following the service and praised all of the staff members who attended despite the University’s unions’ industrial action, which may have been a reason for them to remain home.

Mr Aniediabasi Udofia, the Registrar, also spoke, saying that the essence of covenant renewal was to serve God faithfully in their offices, homes, and society, and to trust Him eternally.

“Considering the times that we are in globally, we have heard of war, killings, banditry and so many other vices in the society, as people of God what should we do in times like these? We have to understand that things are not where and how they used to be and then we have to run back to God who is our refuge and help in ages past.” Udofia said.

We all hope for the best in our country’s academic system.

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