In a bold declaration, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assured the nation that strikes by university lecturers will become a thing of the past during his administration. The President asserted that comprehensive measures would be implemented to prevent universities from engaging in strike actions, emphasizing his commitment to addressing challenges within the education sector.
This announcement follows the President’s decision to cancel the controversial deduction of 40 per cent of Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs) from government-owned universities. The move is indicative of Tinubu’s dedication to fostering a conducive environment for higher education.
Speaking at the 33rd convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Tinubu, represented by Prof. King-David Terna Yawe, a former President of West Africa College of Surgeon and a visiting Professor of the National Universities Commission (NUC), outlined the government’s stance on strikes.
The President stressed the importance of dialogue and pledged that all avenues for peaceful resolution would be explored before considering any strike actions. He emphasized the need for cooperation between university unions and the government to achieve development and maintain peace on campuses.
Tinubu conveyed his government’s commitment to tackling challenges in the education sector, promising to implement motivational activities to enhance productivity. He urged universities to reciprocate by contributing to the creation of a conducive teaching and learning environment.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. Dialogue, patience, and positive engagements are better means of achieving results than strike actions. Industrial disharmony does nothing but disrupt life, waste time, and elongate the academic calendar. Therefore, all avenues for dialogue must be explored and exhausted before strike actions are considered, and as the last resort,” he asserted.
The President’s assurance signals a proactive approach to prevent disruptions in the academic calendar and underscores the importance of constructive dialogue in resolving issues within the education sector.
Source: DAILY POST
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