As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) prepares for another round of strike, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has advised the lecturers to reconsider their stance.
Abdulkareem said even as a member of ASUU himself as far back as 1996, he never believed going on strike was the right thing to do.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, the Vice-Chancellor asked the Federal Government and ASUU to devise another means to settle grievances rather than going on strike.
There is currently anxiety across campuses of universities following the ongoing meeting of ASUU on a looming strike.
The union, which is expected to take a final decision through voting, has faulted the failure of the Federal Government to implement an agreement reached with it as far back as 2009.
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Amidst the uncertainty and apprehension in Nigerian ivory towers, the Vice-Chancellor of UNILORIN said the fresh threat of strike is unfortunate, insisting he does not believe in strike.
Abdulkareem also clarified on the return of UNILORIN ASUU into the mainstream national body, saying it was the national leadership of ASUU that sought to reconcile with the local chapter.
While maintaining that he has no regret in brokering the truce, the VC, however, said strike should not always come to the table in resolving grievances.
He said, “Each time we go on strike, my view is still the same. It is bad for the lecturers and equally bad for the students. Continuity breeds or develops something in you that you cannot equate to broken or abridged acquisition of knowledge.
“So I still believe that continuity, sustenance of lectures, learning, and continuous academy should guide us in the way we run our system. If you have grievances with those who are running the institution, you have a reason to raise issues but it should not be to the detriment of the students.
“From primary school up to PhD, I never missed one day in my life and it is because I had good teaching, good tutoring, good education and I can only give that credit to my teachers and lecturers.
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“So I never once believed and till now that you are talking to me, that the right thing to do is to go on strike.
“Having said that, if they keep telling me that, that (strike) is the only language the government understands, there must be a way to protect the students. Now, how do we deal with insufficiency or grievances with our financiers? We should take good time and have good plans of how our concerns could be addressed.
“While that is going on, we can still be fulfilling our promise to the students because again when you spend most part of the time sitting down at home, it is not good for any mind whether for the students or the lecturers.
WAEC releases 2022 WASSCE results
The West African Examinations Council has released the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates.
Speaking on Monday at WAEC office, Yaba, the Head of Nigeria Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, said, “The results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s results website within the next twelve hours.
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“Copies of the Result Listing will be sent to schools shortly. I need not restate the fact that the results of candidates who are sponsored by states indebted to the Council will not be released now until they pay up. We appeal to them to do so to enable the affected schools/candidates access their results.”
He added that some schools failed to upload their students’ Continuous Assessment Scores Capturing System at the stipulated time and many failed to meet registration deadlines, to the extent that some schools ended up not presenting their students for the examination.
“Yet, some who registered their students off-line failed to upload their entries! This showed unacceptable level of nonchalance. Again, others failed to meet deadlines due to criminal ‘shopping’ for candidates. By the time they realised it, the window had closed,” he said.
Oyo denies returning schools to original owners
Oyo State Government has denied a report that it is planning to return some schools to their original owners, whether to missionaries or individuals.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abdulrahman Abiodun Abduraheem, said there was no time the government took such decision.
He said that the only recent event where Governor Seyi Makinde spoke about ownership of schools was at Loyola College during the commissioning of a hall named after the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, where he only advised members of the old students association of the school to direct their request to the Ministry of Education.
“There is clearly no truth to the story making the rounds that the government of Oyo State was about to return schools to their original owners.
“The government does not have the such intention and there was nowhere Governor Seyi Makinde, made that statement.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the governor was confronted about a possible return of Loyola College, Ibadan, to the old students association and he urged the association to direct its request to the Ministry of Education for necessary engagement.
“He did not give any directive on the return of the school or any school, whatsoever.”
It also stated, “It is true that the state has developed a proof of agreement with the Incorporated Trustees of GCIOBA, but that does not in any way amount to a blanket return of all schools to their original owners.
“While the state will not shy away from productive partnership with stakeholders in the education sector to support its policy of free and qualitative education, it will not take any step capable of upsetting the cord of alliance already existing in a highly treasured sector like education.
“Let me use this opportunity to address some interests who appear bent on twisting the submission of the governor on this subject upside down to look for other things to do as it is clear they will not succeed in the inglorious path of attempting to whip up religious sentiments on this issue.”
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