ASUU struggle in the interest of the nation- IBB
| credits: Chukky Nwakky
Former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida has backed the struggle of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) saying their action is in the interest of the nation.
Speaking on Thursday in his residence in Minna while hosting the Governing Council of the National Examinations Council (NECO) led its Chairman, Dr. Paddy Njoku, the former military leader urged the university lecturers not to give up negotiating with the federal government.
The university lecturers have been on an indefinite strike for four weeks now demanding for implementation of the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement and the Memorandium of Understanding of 2012.
According to him, “It is unfortunate they (ASUU) are on strike but the fact is, they have the national interest at heart and I want to advice them not to give up negotiating with government”.
He expressed concern over the closure of the nation’s universities but expressed optimism that the industrial action would soon be over in the interest of all.
Commending federal government efforts at resolving the crisis, Babangida said that he gathered that government was working hard to ensure that the matter is resolved soonest.
Earlier, the NECO governing council chairman, Dr. Njoku said the examination body has re-positioned itself to meet the yearning and aspirations of the Nigerian Child by reaching out to all stakeholders including the school children in order for the council to achieve its mandate.
The Registrar of the examination body, Professor Promise Okpala appealed for the support of all for NECO as the first indigenous examination body to deliver, pointing out that “failure of NECO is a national failure”.
The former military leader commended the efforts being put in by the leadership of the examination body. “I am highly impressed by the activities of the board and management of NECO”.
Babangida was later honoured with the fellowship award of International Institute of Leadership and Governance.