ASUU STRIKE : Vice Chancellor Blames Action on FG’s Insincerity

The Vice-Chancellor, Wellspring University, Benin City, Edo State, Prof. Godson Igborgbor, has blamed insincerity on the part of the Federal Government and other stakeholders for the persistent disruption of academic activities in tertiary institutions in the country through strike actions.

The vice chancellor, who addressed newsmen to announce that the university was about to graduate its first set of students, lamented the current industrial action called by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the non-implementation of agreements reached between it and the Federal Government, saying that rather than maintain the existing universities, government was  still establishing more.

He said: “Stakeholders, government and even lecturers themselves, must be sincere. When after negotiations government says, we will do this and say, go back,’ and it is not done, I think government ought to be sincere, so that you will know what to expect. We must admit that education is a very expensive venture and when they go to negotiate, government should be able to say this is what we have.

“Government is still establishing more universities, but I think what they ought to do is to expand and fund the ones we have better. All universities don’t have to produce engineers.

“A university that is well funded and is productive will fund itself and that is the issue. Nigerians have gone to several other countries with the knowledge they got from Nigerian universities, to benefit other nations, so what we need to do is to make our programmes more usable and result-oriented.”

Saying that the university, which is about to graduate its first set of students, has had its entire seven degree awarding programmes on offer, accredited by Nigeria University Commission, NUC. He said  “the university, which is owned by Management Science Centre, Lagos, was licenced by the Federal Government, through the NUC. At the moment, we are operating two colleges; College of Natural and Applied Sciences and College of Management and Social Sciences, and seven programmes.”

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