Varsity strikes causing irreparable damage to education – JAMB registrar

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede has said that incessant strikes by unions in the Nigerian tertiary institutions are causing irreparable damage to the nation’s educational system.

Oloyede said the ongoing industrial strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) is unnecessary.

He stated this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State capital when JAMB in collaboration with a United States-based agency, Project Cure, presented a multi-billion naira medical equipment to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for improved health care delivery in the country.

He added that “while acknowledging the fact that the primary responsibility of reasonable (even if not adequate) funding of public health and education institutions lies on the proprietors-the government, may I seize this opportunity to call on the employers, university-based labor unions to appreciate the irreparable damage of incessant strikes on not just the students but also the nation.”

In a separate event, the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has explained why it has suspended its nationwide protests over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

NANS while explaining why it suspended its nationwide protests over the ongoing strike by the ASUU, accused the Federal Government of sabotaging the genuine protests to compel the lecturers to reopen public universities.



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