According to information on our news desk today, Professor Hayward Mafuyai, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) had on Tuesday, the 26th of November appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike in the interest of the nation, including it’s citizens.
Prof. Mafuyai diclosed this while he was exchanging views with newsmen in Jos.
The prof. also said that the university lecturers should consider the plight of their students by calling off their long-drawn-out strike.
“The fact of the matter is that the Federal Government has done well by agreeing to set aside billions of naira yearly for the rehabilitation and development of the nation’s universities and that asuu should be satisfied with this agreement.
“The ASUU officials and members should at least look at what the government has offered and call off the strike,” he pressed on.
Professor Mafuyai also disclosed that the federal government had agreed to be releasing N30 billion yearly for the rehabilitation and the maintenance of the nations universities.
The prof also went further to say this and we quote him: ” added that the government had also inaugurated the Needs’ Assessment Committee of the Nigerian Universities, with the view to solving the problems facing the universities”.
What we should consider here is the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan has a listening ear, he’s the first President to attend a meeting called by the BODY. which is the very reason as to why the government has been negotiating, with a view to resolving the impasse between it and the union,” he said.
The VC of Unijos appealed to ASUU leaderships to reconsider its “hard stance’’.
The VC also said that the ASUU members, after receiving what was offered to them, could still continue negotiations with the government.
The vice chancellor had however, said that he had a cordial relationship with the local branch of ASUU in his university.
The prof also convinced newsmen that the university authorities (UNIJOS ofcourse) were ready to provide a favourable working environment for the lecturers to operate without any fear of harassment.
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