The vice-chancellor, Salem College Lokoja, Kogi state, Prof. Alewo Johnson Akubo, has stated the court docket injunction compelling the Educational Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) to renew lecture was a time-bomb.
He stated this Friday whereas talking with newsmen within the establishment’s premises in Lokoja.
Prof. Akubo, who urged the federal authorities to proceed with the dialogue relatively than arm-twisting the union, declared that “there is no such thing as a place on the earth the place pressure has ever yielded constructive outcomes.”
“I’ve by no means seen wherever on the earth that arm twisting has ever positively resolved any disaster. What I’ll advise is that the federal government ought to interact ASUU in dialogue and extra dialogue to resolve the problem within the curiosity of oldsters and the kids.
“Now, there can’t be a real reconciliation within the absence of sincerity of goal. You can’t below any circumstance obtain a long-lasting answer when you come to the negotiation desk with a mindset,” he stated.
Akubo, nonetheless, expressed optimism that the disaster can be resolved via dialogue, saying ASUU was able to shift floor by advantage of their physique language.
Talking on the impact of the strike, he stated, “The very first thing that may occur is that there will probably be a generational hole as a result of what the colleges are producing now are at finest half-baked graduates and that’s what ASUU is crying about.”
In the meantime, the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) Zone E, North East, has described the judgement by the Nationwide Industrial Courtroom as “a win-win for Nigerian college students.”
Its coordinator, Alhassan Adam, stated this Friday at a press convention held at NUJ Press Centre, Bauchi, pleading with ASUU to respect the judgement of the court docket with good religion “in order that college students can return to class.”
Adam gave the reassurance that “NANS will proceed to face and shield the curiosity of Nigerian college students,” however known as on the federal authorities to honour the hanging lecturers’ calls for to allow them to settle their money owed and different bills.
He stated, “This press convention right here in Bauchi state concerning the court docket judgement between ASUU and the federal authorities. After a seven-month stand-off between ASUU and the federal authorities, simply the day earlier than yesterday (that’s Wednesday), the economic court docket made a judgement between the federal authorities and educational employees union of universities (ASUU), which the federal authorities received the case in opposition to ASUU. Certainly, the judgement is a win-win for Nigerian college students below the management of the brand new president of NANS, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu. Primarily based on that, the management of NANS deems it essential to name on ASUU to respect the judgement in order that our college students can return to class after a seven-month keep at residence.
“We discovered that the ASUU would enchantment the case; it’s their proper to enchantment, however they need to respect the judgement and return to work whereas the case continues on the Courtroom of Enchantment. We hope to listen to constructive suggestions from each the federal authorities and ASUU as we proceed to have interaction them for the curiosity of our pricey college students.”
Adam used the event to understand Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state for the large contributions to the event of schooling within the state, noting that the governor “has completed very nicely within the areas of schooling improvement and welfare of Nigerian college students.”