By Chinyere Nwachukwu
Nigerian universities can rank finest in Africa, if we are able to have a secure educational calendar, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, has stated.
Ogundipe spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos in opposition to the backdrop of incessant strikes by labour unions within the nation’s college system.
According to him, there’s want for everybody, particularly the important thing stakeholders within the training sector to look inward to make sure that disaster which supplies rise to strikes are managed successfully.
“I make daring to say that universities, particularly the primary era establishments within the nation, might be ranked finest in Africa if we are able to have a secure educational calendar.
“There is want for everybody to look inward and handle the disaster within the system successfully in order that our college system might be ranked among the many finest on this planet,’’ Ogundipe stated.
He stated that there was want for Nigerian Government too to take the operating of universities and different associated points significantly.
“If you wish to run a college, you must go all out and do it in step with the perfect practices.
“We are speaking in regards to the world rating of universities, and right here we’re nonetheless grappling with the problems of strike.’’
The VC famous that such growth don’t converse effectively in regards to the nation as “a lot of folks all over the world are studying and paying attention to it’’.
He defined that many of the services that will assure conducive educating and studying atmosphere had been being dealt with by non-academic (help) employees that had been on strike.
Ogundipe added that with the strike, their educational employees counterparts and others had been now compelled to regulate to the state of affairs.
“The strike has affected the operations of the college not directly,’’ he stated.
According to him, problems with energy and water provide, the usage of laboratory and others have taken their toll on the operations of the college.
“I’m certain that the tutorial employees will probably be as much as their assignments.
“This group of employees just isn’t on strike; the lecture rooms are open, lectures are occurring for the reason that inception of NASU strike.
“Even, as we resumed on Dec. 27, lectures have began in most schools in Unilag.
“The non-teaching employees has their grievances; the strike is a nationwide strike and never a neighborhood one.
“To this impact, there’s little the college authorities can do,’’ the vice-chancellor stated.
NAN reviews that the unions, beneath the aegis of JAC, had on Sept.11 declared an indefinite strike throughout all of the federal universities over the non-implementation of an settlement they entered into in 2009 with the Federal Government
The strike was suspended whereas dialogue continues between the events, solely to embark on one other strike on Dec. 5.
Mr Solomon Ugwoke, the National President of JAC, who additionally doubled because the president of SSANU, one of many hanging unions, had acknowledged that there was no going again on the strike.