VC Seeks FG’s Commitment To Ending Frequent ASUU strikes
VC Seeks FG’s Commitment To Ending Frequent ASUU strikes – Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), Prof Ahmed Abdullah has urged the Federal Government to end frequent strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
He said it was unhealthy for the nation’s development, and urged the government to show a genuine commitment to ending all lingering issues with the university lecturers.
Abdullah also called on the Federal Government to critically look into all the disputed areas to stop strikes in the nation’s universities.
He made the call in Okada, Edo State at the 16th convocation of the institution, where former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, Edo State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Orbih and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale received honorary degrees.
The VC appealed to the government to address all lingering industrial disputes in the sector, warning that any nation that plays with its education is playing with its future.
“No doubt, the nation cannot quantify the loses incurred each time ASUU goes on nationwide strike. The government, therefore, should find a lasting solution to all cases of industrial action, because such incidents are signs of underdevelopment,” he said.
Vice-chancellor, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye disclosed that a total of 736 students participated in the ceremony.
He added that all academic programmes of the university have received full accreditation, with well-established entrepreneurship skills acquisition centre.
Ezemonye however, stressed the need for government to support private universities with Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) intervention funds to enhance research and staff development.