Challenges: Fellowship Advises FG To Hold Summit To Address Education, Health

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to urgently organise education and health summits to address the challenges facing the sectors.

National President of the Fellowship Bishop Francis Oke, who gave the advice in a statement, also called on the government to declare a state of emergency in the health and education sectors.

The summit will bring together stakeholders in the sectors, state and local governments, the private sector, development partners, non-governmental organisations, Labour Unions, Students and other interest groups.

He also noted that such summits would generate policy framework and propose legislations which would serve as basis for immediate, long-term and lasting solutions to the unending crises in the sectors.

Oke explained that the Fellowship decried the lethargy with which the federal government handled the on-going strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD. It also takes notice of the notice issued by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA and the 15-day ultimatum by the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals Association, JOHESU.

The statement also referred to the notice by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, noting that it might plunge the two sectors into another round of crisis. It however, called for immediate action on the part of the government to comprehensively address all the issues facing the two critical sectors.

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