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Oba of Benin, Tor Tiv pledge to tackle strikes, brain drain

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
24 November 2021   |   3:25 am
Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II and Tov Tiv, Prof. James Iorzua Ortese Ayatse, yesterday, pledged their commitment to tackling strikes by varsity workers.

The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N, ‘Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolor, Oba Ewuare II

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Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II and Tov Tiv, Prof. James Iorzua Ortese Ayatse, yesterday, pledged their commitment to tackling strikes by varsity workers.

The traditional rulers made the pledge shortly after Ayatse was installed as the 10th chancellor of the university.
Oba Ewuare posited that joint effort by the two traditional rulers would address some of the teething problems affecting the institution, especially frequent strikes by lecturers and exodus of medical personnel from its teaching hospital.

The Benin royal father expressed optimism that both academic and health institutions in the state would be supported to enhance efficiency and service delivery; while the Tov Tiv added that the partnership would strengthen academic activities at the university. He further promised to work with stakeholders for the interest of the institution.

The two monarchs spoke just as the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, declared his support for the Tor Tiv, charging him to leverage his academic and leadership experience to develop the institution. Obaseki expressed the support, when he received the new chancellor in Government House in Benin City.

“University education in the post-COVID-19 world requires a rethinking of the system, and how it is organised. We see university as a place for learning and dispatching knowledge via technology.

“The strategy used two or three decades ago for our university education might not be applicable today. But having someone like you to provide leadership for our own institution is commendable and significant. Hopefully, you will lead that stage of helping us rethink university education in Nigeria in the post-COVID-19 era.

“For the future university, we will be quite reliant and dependent on technology. The role of universities will become much more democratic in terms of getting to the grassroots, and helping to lift our people out of the level of poverty that we found ourselves today,” he noted.