The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has
advised both the Federal Government and the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) to resolve the crisis for normalcy to return to the nation’s ivory towers.
He expressed total displeasure over the extension of the warning strike by the ASUU by another 12 weeks, saying the development would further slow down Nigeria’s progress.
Prof. Abudulkareem, who is the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities, said, “ASUU had originally been on a one-month warning strike and rolled the action over in the month of March for another two months before it now announced additional three months, all because the Federal Government did not yield to its demands, which all bother on the money”.
The Vice- Chancellor pointed out that students staying at home when they suppose to be in class studying, even for a day let alone for many months as the current case in Nigerian public universities, is not a good omen for any serious country.
He said that it was very unfortunate that it is the students who are directly affected by the academic disruption and their parents that will bear all the consequences of the development.
The VC further said it would not be out of place if the Federal Government could, by all means even if it will involve borrowing, to look for money and address ASUU concerns permanently.
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