Strike: You’ve Made Your Point, Return To Your Classrooms, President Jonathan Tells ASUU

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (3RD R), CUTTING THE TAPE TO INAUGURATE THE GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING BUILDING OF ABUAD ON SATURDAY . WITH HIM ARE: FOUNDER OF THE UNIVERSITY, AARE AFE  BABALOLA (4TH L) HIS WIFE MODUPE (2ND R); GOV. KAYODE FAYEMI OF EKITI (2ND L) AND OTHER DIGNITARIES. (NAN)
PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (3RD R), CUTTING THE TAPE TO INAUGURATE THE GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING BUILDING OF ABUAD ON SATURDAY . WITH HIM ARE: FOUNDER OF THE UNIVERSITY, AARE AFE BABALOLA (4TH L) HIS WIFE MODUPE (2ND R); GOV. KAYODE FAYEMI OF EKITI (2ND L) AND OTHER DIGNITARIES. (NAN)

President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classrooms in the interest of their students just as he noted that the striking lecturers had made their point.

The president made the appeal on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital at the inauguration of the College of Engineering Complex at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD).

The three-storey college complex was also named after the President.

Mr. Jonathan pleaded with ASUU to listen to the voice of reason adding that whatever their grievances might be, keeping students out of the lecture rooms for four months was unpatriotic.

His words, “I once again appeal to the entire membership of ASUU to pause and ponder on the adverse effect of their action on the future of the vibrant youths of this great nation.

“The collective destiny of tens of thousands of tomorrow’s leaders should not be held hostage to vagaries of labour disputes.

“As long as we are humans, as long as we are a developing society, this labour dispute must come up.

“I always say that even in the developed societies we hear about labour dispute; and there is no society, even the most developed, that has provided the facilities for every worker.

“Our security services, the Police, the Armed Forces, Navy, Air Force and para-military, intelligent services are also operating in an environment that is not the best.

“If all of us should go on long strike because our environment is not at its optimum, then definitely we can never get the Nigeria of our dream.

“So, let me use this unique opportunity that I am interfacing with our future leaders, our students, to plead with ASUU members.

“If it is a genuine strike keeping students out of classrooms for almost four months, by that they have demonstrated to everybody that they have a case.

“And if the strike is motivated by some other interests, they have also achieved that by keeping students out of schools for more than a semester,” he said.

President Jonathan warned that the freedom of association and the right of workers to go on strike should not be abused to the detriment of the country.

“I believe that labour has the right to go on strike, but in that strike, any action taken must be built on patriotic zeal.

“In as much as you can go on strike, you must be patriotic to our country.

“No matter how and what you feel about Mr President and the federal government, I plead with ASUU that for the sake of our students, they should resume classes,” he said.

The president reassured all that government would continue to work with all Nigerians to build a better country for all and future generation.

He noted that with government’s sincere commitment to improving the qualities of infrastructure in the universities and the operating environment, the striking lecturers should reconsider their stand.

Mr. Jonathan noted that if students of private universities could graduate within three and half years as witnessed in ABUAD, “it is unacceptable that students of public institutions are kept for extra one or two years”.

-VANGUARD

7 Comments

  • Mr President going about private universities opening ultramodern complexes to the boost and upgrade of the standard in the private institutions against the public universities whose infrastructure is decaying,dilapidating and collapsing daily.The deteriorating state that propelled ASSU to embark on indefinite strike.Since the children of the poor can only access the public universities based on the role of social service played by the public universities – social service in the sense that the public universities are not money-making ventures or institutions that sell the certificates to the rich and the powerful in the country.Unlike the private counterparts that sell certificates to those who have clean or unclean money to buy.
    Thus, educational system in Nigeria fast degenerated in standard to the extent that the minister for education at the federal level and all other political big shots in the country are no longer having faith in the educational system they run.This reflects in the manner they (politicians) are sending their children to school in the neighbouring country Ghana for high quality of education.
    High quality of education,that is what the ASSU is demanding for, in Nigeria that will attract the Nigerian ruling class to bring their children who are schooling in the foreign lands back home to be educated with the children of the poor whose parents have no access to the public fund like theirs.
    ASSU can’t go back to classes, until their demands are completely met, for the sake of the poor.

  • Mr President,make yr point too by meeting their demands, I wonder how incongruity of making this statement commisioning a complex at a private university while public ones are on strike did not occured to you.

  • We Nigerians are poisoned to always react wrongly for every effort thought to better the Country. What ever the President does is never acceptable just because our minds have been alienated by some power seekers to always oppose leadership of the FG. The mistake have been done already so the whole thing boils down to lasting solutions. FG didn’t include the in their demands and promise in their budgets this year Hopefully next year it should not be omitted to profer solutions to Education sector two wrongs can’t make a right every body keep crying that Politicians send their Children abroad let me ask you this how many lecturers also have their children studying in same University with their parents? We want a change in Nigeria and not a bottleneck Critics. Let’s think responsibly towards our problems and we wil achieve having a better Nigeria tomorrow. Please ASUU listen to Mr President and call off the strike for the good of the entire Nations future who have been at home. Thanks

  • To all Nigerians who advocate for Positive Change we must learn to hold our Federal Senators representing us responsible for poor and inadequate representation in every Senatorial Districts,our House of representatives members representing our LGA’s and our State House of Assembly members as well to always represent their peoples opinions,advise and interest not to any one else. We are being led like Sheep without an Shepherds and our critics goes to President when our representatives seat down their to acquire billions without being accountable to its Constituents. Our lecturers should pay much emphasis our Senators,House of Reps and State House of Assembly members when preparing their budgets and laws for the masses so that certain problems would be resolved effectively within us.

    • Good point @ Benjamin. Even, the governors, nobody talks to them even when many state own universities are like glorified secondary school. Somebody will drive into a pot hole in his village, the first name he’ll mention is Mr. President. Well, u are making him more popular out of your hatred and ignorance.

  • please mr president,disconsider your reasons for not meeting the demands of Asuu and consider their quest so that they can go back to class rooms and continue teaching under the atmosphere they demanded…..let the you discard your lonely interest and catch the public interest,you are a democratic leader,pls lead the education sector democratically sir

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