Onyema, Odigie-Oyegun appeal to ASUU to end strike
Onyema Donates N120m Guesthouse To UI
An alumnus of the University of Ibadan and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Airline, Allen Onyema, yesterday, appealed to members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end their protracted strike for the sake of the students.
Onyema made the appeal during the commissioning of a 15-bedroom guesthouse he donated to the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA).
He appealed to the striking workers to give the government the benefit of doubt because of the people brought up to address the lingering disagreement.
Onyema said: “We have to go back to discover our root. We need to rediscover those old glorious days. The current ASUU strike pains me. I use this opportunity to appeal to ASUU members for the sake of our children, for the sake of the wellbeing of the nation and wellbeing of our children to call off this strike.
“They need to reconsider their stance and call off this strike. The country is passing through trying times, please call off this strike. I believe there will be succour at the end of the day. Let it be the price you will pay for the country. Give the government the benefit of doubt because of the people they brought to address this issue.”
While calling on former students to come to the aid of universities, Onyema also charged universities to look for alterative sources of helping themselves,
He announced the establishment of a centre of aviation in UI, courtesy of his children.
On his part, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who is the Pro-Chancellor of the university said the recurring crises in universities must come to an end. He added that everybody is heading on the same direction on how to solve the problem.
Also speaking, the Chancellor of the University and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, lauded Onyema for the gesture.