President Tinubu has said his administration will take all necessary actions to ensure that universities do not embark on strike actions again.
President Bola Tinubu cancelled the controversial deduction of 40 per cent of Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs) from federal universities across the country to avert crisis
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.“I would like to enjoin all the unions in our universities to cooperate with the government to deliver the needed development by ensuring an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity on our campuses.
“On our part, we will ensure that motivational activities are put in place to ensure improved productivity. Reciprocative actions would be expected from our universities as the government works hard to raise the bar of a conducive teaching and learning environment.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. Dialogue, patience, and positive engagements are better means of achieving results than strike actions. Industrial disharmony does nothing but disrupt life, waste time, and elongate the academic calendar.
“Therefore, all avenues for dialogue must be explored and exhausted before strike actions are considered, and as the last resort”
He said his government was not unaware of the challenges facing higher educational institutions in the country, particularly the universities, assuring all Nigerians that his government was making frantic efforts to address the situation holistically.