Why ASUU, FG Crisis Continues – Vice Chancellor

source: Guardian

AS the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) enters its third week today, the Vice Chancellor, Wellspring University in Edo State, Professor Godson Igborgbor, has called on the Federal Government and ASUU to display high level of sincerity at the negotiation table.

This is coming on the heels of a call by the leadership of the Benin chapter of ASUU on its members not to take part in post-UTME tests being conducted by various universities in the zone, saying their participation negates the spirit of solidarity.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, at the University of Benin, Benin City, Coordinator of the zone and member of the National Executive Council of ASUU, Dr. Sunny Ighalo, urged chancellors to comprehend the plight of members of the association.

Addressing journalists yesterday, Igborgbor said: “A major way out is for the people concerned, the stakeholders, government, even lecturers, to be sincere. The reason these strikes recur is that when you go to the negotiation table, government say’s, “Okay. Go back to the classroom. We will do this and that.” And then you go back home, expecting that they will do these things. But you find out that these things are not eventually done.

“Government ought to be more sincere. I would rather say to you, “sorry, I can’t do this for whatever reason.” Then you will know what to expect and what not to expect. Education is a very expensive endeavour, especially when you have to meet a required standard.

“So, government should seize this opportunity, when they go back to the negotiation table, and be sincere and say, “this is what we can do; this is what we cannot do”. They should be more sincere and more realistic.”

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