Nigeria’s Muslim Media Watch Group has urged the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to shift ground to pave the way for an amicable solution to the protracted strike.

MMWG Executive Director Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi stressed in a statement in Ilorin, Kwara State on Tuesday that the need for the parties involved in the crisis to shift ground becomes necessary given the incalculable damage the protracted ASUU strike has done to the university education system.

He said the strike has also taken its toll on the businesses of some Nigerians.

Abdullahi said the tough stance of ASUU and the federal government could not help matters.

He called on ASUU’s leadership to show more patriotism by calling off the strike since the government accepted the new payment platform.

He said further negotiations on better pay and compliance with other parts of the 2009 agreement could continue after the ASUU may have called off the strike.

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Abdullahi also asked the federal government to waive the ‘no work, no pay’ policy for this particular ASUU strike, pointing out that the matter is now delicate and cannot be solved by a tough stance.

He noted that the ASUU strike is causing economic hardship for some Nigerians and undoing educational gains already made.

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