ASUU strike is harmful to students, UNILORIN VC laments

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has decried the incessant strikes by University lecturers in the country.

He lamented that students are always at the receiving end as they are often denied the quantity and quality of education they deserve.

Prof. Abdulkareem stated this in his office while playing host to a crew of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ilorin, who had come for a personality interview programme, ‘Guest of the Moment’, to be aired soon on the television station.

Pointing out that “strike is not the only way to fight”, the Vice-Chancellor said, “I am very averse to strike action. It is not good to have academic training disjoined. We can only make the nation proud by giving the students quality and uninterrupted education”.

According to the Prof. Abdulkareem, the government should be global in its approach when dealing with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by adequately taking care of the welfare of the lecturers.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed the need for the university lecturers to give more to the students than they are currently doing, saying that they should use their power to impact and not to oppress.

On some of the legacies he would love to leave after his tenure, Prof. Abdulkareem, who is already three years in office, said that he would love to build a very enviable relationship between the students and lecturers.

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