‘FG must show commitment to end incessant strike by lecturers’
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) Prof Ahmed Abdullah has described the incessant strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as unhealthy for the nation’s development, saying government must show genuine commitment to end all lingering issues with the university lecturers.
Abdullah also called on the federal government to critically look into all issues between it and ASUU in order to stop the ongoing industrial action in the nation’s universities.
He made the remark in Okada, Edo State at the 16th convocation ceremony of the institution, where former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, Edo state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale received honorary degrees.
Essentially, Abdullah 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. Government therefore should find a lasting solution to all cases of industrial action because such incidences are signs of underdevelopment.” Abdullah said
Vice chancellor, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye disclosed that a total of 736 students said all academic programmes of the university have full accreditation and a well-established entrepreneurship skill acquisition centre.
Ezemonye however emphasised the need for government to support private universities with Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) intervention funds to promote and enhance research and staff development.