Friday, December 9, 2022

ASUU, other unions should quit using strike as negotiation weapon: Buhari

Mr Buhari said there was a need for discipline and stability in all universities which held the key to the future of any nation.

• November 17, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo Credit: Premium Times Nigeria]

President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other trade unions to shun embarking on strike as a tool for pressing home their demands.

“Strike only compounds the already poor state of our education sector, and erodes the national and international reputation of our public universities,” Mr Buhari said at the 74th Foundation Day and Convocation Ceremonies of University of Ibadan (UI) in Ibadan on Thursday.

He was represented by Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC).

Mr Buhari commended efforts of the university administration in maintaining the great reputation upon which the institution was established.

He appreciated the leading role of the institution in the postgraduate education and the production of the much needed academic staff for tertiary institutions within and outside Nigeria.

Mr Buhari said there was a need for discipline and stability in all universities which held the key to the future of any nation.

He said that it was disheartening that all the universities’ trade unions declared protracted trade disputes in 2022.

The president said that the disputes had dire consequences for the economy and unnecessary disruption of the academic calendar of universities.

He urged the organised private sector to continue its support for the education sector, adding that the government cannot do it alone.

In a remark, Sa’ad Abubakar Ill, the Sultan of Sokoto and Chancellor of UI, lamented the damage caused by the eight-month strike, adding that, “the worst hit are our children.”

Mr Abubakar stressed the need to improve the standard of education in Nigeria through collective efforts.

He said that the country had been providing workforce for other countries to show that its education sector was not the worst.

Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor, UI, John Odigie-Oyegun, urged all stakeholders in the education sector to ensure a crisis free and uninterrupted academic calendar.

The Vice-Chancellor of  UI, Professor Kayode Adebowale, said his administration had continued to tackle challenges associated with providing a healthy, safe and conducive environment for sound education.

No fewer than 153 candidates from various disciplines were awarded Doctor of Philosophy Degrees. 

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Patrick Dakum

Jos

2023: Court upholds Patrick Dakum as Plateau LP guber candidate

The LP in Plateau had been in crisis following the emergence of two guber candidates, Yohanna Margif and Patrick Dakum.

Shortlisted candidates for Nigerian Army recruitment

NationWide

Nigerian Army commences 84 regular recruitment exercise

The exercise commenced on December 5, and is applicable to Nigerians from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

Nigerian Exchange

Economy

Stock market rebounds by 1.07% amid buying interests 

A total of 100.82 million shares valued at N1.14 billion were exchanged in 2,440 deals.

Politics

2023: INEC begins voter migration exercise in Borno 

A total of 411 polling units with over 1,000 voters would be migrated to 336 less populated ones.

Croatia celebrating their win against Brazil

Sport

Qatar 2022: Croatia send Brazil out of World Cup

Croatia held Brazil to a 1-1 draw and eventually won in penalty shootout that ended 4-2.

Vehicles queue for petrol

NationWide

NUPEG moves to end fuel scarcity; gives marching order to tanker drivers, others 

NUPENG further ordered employees at gas stations and depots to abstain from any unlawful activity that could contribute to fuel shortage.