Universities Won’t Embark on Strike Again, Tinubu Declares…
Written by City Radio on November 20, 2023
Barely 24 hours after President Bola Tinubu cancelled the controversial deduction of 40 percent of Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs) from federal universities across the country to avert crisis, the president has said his administration will take all necessary actions to ensure that universities do not embark on strike actions again.
He said constructive dialogue and negotiation should be prioritised over actions that negatively impact the welfare and future of Nigerian students.Tinubu said the federal government was willing to establish synergy with all the academic unions within universities in the country as well as exhaust all avenues for dialogue before any strike actions.
Speaking at the 33rd convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Tinubu expressed the hope that the cooperation of the unions with the federal government would ensure the needed educational development in the country.
Tinubu, who was represented by a former President of West Africa College of Surgeon (WACS), and a visiting Professor of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. King-David Terna Yawe, said the synergy would help to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in all campuses.The president said his administration was committed to tackling all challenges confronting the education sector in the country and to reposition the sector.
Tinubu called the organised private sector operators and international partners to collaborate with Nigerian universities and research institutes in the areas of research funding and the utilisation of research outputs for national integration and development.