Shun Strike, Buhari Begs ASUU, Others 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has begged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other trade unions in the country to shun the habit of embarking on industrial strike.

Shun Strike, Buhari Begs ASUU, Others 

UI graduands

He made the passionate plea on Thursday at the Founders Day of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Stonix News reports that the University of Ibadan produced 233 First Class Degrees across 14 faculties of the institution at this year’s Foundation Day and Convocation Ceremonies held during the week.

The figure represents 4.46 per cent of the total graduands which stood at 5, 227.

Similarly, a total number of 1, 204 graduands made Second Class honours (Upper Division) which represents 23.03 per cent, while 2, 842 graduated with Second Class honours (lower division) which represents 54.37 per cent.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, in his remark, congratulated the graduands and urged them to be good ambassadors of the premier university.

He further noted that his administration had continued to tackle challenges associated with providing a healthy, safe and conducive environment for sound education.

Also, no fewer than 153 candidates from various disciplines were awarded Doctor of Philosophy Degrees.

Speaking further, President Buhari tasked 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.

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

He 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, adding that the disputes had dire consequences on 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 his goodwill message, 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.

On his party, the Pro-Chancellor of UI, John Odigie-Oyegun, while speaking, urged all stakeholders in the education sector to engender a crisis-free and uninterrupted academic calendar.

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