The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe has commended the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, for ending their 5 month old strike.
Okupe, in an interview with Channels Television in Abuja, saluted the patriotism of the university lecturers and their commitment to the development of education in the country.
“It’s very heartwarming news to hear that the long strike has been finally put aside. This is a great relief to government and to the students, parents and stakeholders generally.
“I want to assure that the agreement that has been signed or the agreement that has been reached will be fully discharged by this administration. I have said it before that this administration does not have any credibility issue whatsoever, and the President and his government will honour their word.”
He urged the lecturers to ensure that the fund provided by the government is used for the provision of infrastructure in the nation’s ivory towers. He said: “the monies provided have been painstakingly sought for and they should be applied to good use for the educational advancement of our institutions.”
Dr. Okupe had been a major feature in the saga between the union of Nigerian university lecturers and the Federal Government while the industrial action lasted.
He appeared on Channels Television a number of times to communicate the government’s stance at different points in the protracted negotiation.
Public Affairs Analyst, Godwin Sogolo has added his voice to that of those who are saying that the ongoing strike by Nigeria’s university lecturers should have been since called off.
He spoke from the Abuja studio of Channels Television while appearing as a guest on Friday’s edition of breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’.
Recalling the issues that led to the extension of the strike and the alleged fresh demands made by the ASUU executives, he said that all that needed to be done has been done, especially by the Federal Government in providing the demanded 200 billion Naira universities revitalisation fund.
The Professor of Philosophy, defended the earlier ultimatum issued by the Federal Government, referring to it as a call to duty rather than an ultimatum. He added that no government would watch its universities closed for 5 months without taking action.
He agreed that the development was unfortunate to have come to the point where the government had to put a threat across, but he said this situation is not peculiar to Nigeria. He believed the ASUU negotiations with the government degenerated because there was a lapse “and I believe it is a leadership problem within ASUU.”
Sogolo however expressed optimism that the strike would be called off very soon.