- The constant disagreements between ASUU and the federal government has attracted the attention of the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II
- The respected monarch urged the federal government to honour all agreements it entered into with ASUU
- He, however, commended President Buhari for the relative peace, uninterrupted academic calendar in the universities so far
The Emir of Kano, and Chancellor, University of Benin, Muhammed Sanusi II, has urged the federal government to honour all agreements it entered into with the Association Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Emir gave the advice while noting that it will put an end to frequent distortion of the university calendar in Nigeria.
The respected monarch made the comment during the 45th convocation/49th Founders' Day ceremony of the University of Benin over the weekend.
His words: “The worrisome development of late is the tug of war between the government and academic staff union of universities on issues bothering on fiscal policy of the government.
“My advice to the government is that there should be a political will to honour all agreements it entered into with university unions; be more open to dialogue and try to involve all stakeholders in the decision-making process.”
According to him, once that is done, frequent disruptions of the academic calendar of universities which has resulted in the decline in the quality of graduates will become a thing of the past.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the relative peace, uninterrupted academic calendar in the universities so far.
He also commended the governing council of the university for the transparent manner through which it selected the new Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Lilian Salami.
While noting that the new Vice-Chancellor was selected on merit, Sanusi charged her to follow the footsteps of Prof Grace Alele Williams, the first female Vice-Chancellor of the institution.
Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives recently directed the ministry of education and the National Universities Commission (NUC) to abolish the payment of acceptance fees into tertiary institutions in the country.
The directive followed the adoption of a motion brought by the lawmaker representing Ahiazu/Ezinihitte federal constituency of Imo state, Chinedu Martins, at plenary.
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