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Former VC Lauds ASUU’s Suspension Of Strike As Parents Keep Wards Off Campuses

Professor Charles Ayo, a former Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun, on Friday commended the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for suspending its three months’ nationwide industrial action.

Ayo who welcomed the development told newsmen in Ota, that the decision to suspend the action was a good step in the right direction.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU’s National President, had in a release announced the suspension of the industrial action after a meeting between the national leadership of ASUU and the Federal Government’s delegation in Abuja.

According to Professor Ayo, the suspension was a welcome development because the lecturers would be returning to the lecture rooms, and the students would be the happier for it.

Ayo advised the government to be more responsive and responsible to the education sector.


“If the nation does not pay the adequate attention to education, we will continue to fund insurgency and we all know the implication of that.

“Negligence in the educational system has been the major cause of the state of insecurity and insurgency including other social vices in some parts of the country,” he said.

He blamed the restiveness among some Nigerian youths on government’s inadequate funding of education and described the negative impact of the strike on the students as enormous, saying, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

However, parents that spoke with Saturday Independent though welcome the development vowed to keep their wards at home till after the February 16 elections.

A parent, Mr Bola Popoola said on-line with the holiday schedule already announced by some institutions it will be wise to keep the children at until the presidential election is over.

“We shall keep a close watch on the school calendar as well as correspondences from the universities on revised academic schedules,” he said.

It would be recalled that ASUU had November. 4, 2018, called out its members over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the Federal Government.

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