The Education and Justice Coalition (EYC) has welcomed the refusal of Prince Abubakar Audu University in Ayingba, Kogi State to participate in the ongoing strike by the Universities Academic Staff Union, noting that this is another proof of governor Yahaya Bello’s incredible reforms in the field of education. sector.
The group said that since taking office in 2016, Governor Bello has done a great deal in education, improving conditions of service at institutions of higher learning, such as full financial autonomy for PAAU in regarding its internally generated revenue.
Speaking at a Friday press conference in Abuja, Executive Director Dr Linus Obetta said the institution’s refusal to join his colleagues was an appreciation of the notable attention received from the government of the State for homogeneous and uninterrupted university programs.
Because of this stable schedule facilitated by Governor Bello, Dr. Obetta added that university graduates are better equipped to contribute to the country’s sustainable growth and development.
He therefore instructed other state governors and even the federal government to emulate the governor’s work model in the education sector to avoid persistent industrial action that entrenched university activities in the country.
While commending university authorities for resisting pressure from ASUU, the Education and Justice Coalition urged Governor Bello to maintain this remarkable progress and continue to show his support for the institution.
Read the full statement below:
The leadership of the Education and Justice Coalition, a civil society group at the forefront of entrenching a sustainable development regime in the education sector in Nigeria through the instrument advocacy and other critical engagements, welcome you to this press conference.
We would like to state that as actors in the critical education sector in Nigeria, we have repeatedly advocated for an education system in Nigeria that meets global standards in terms of academic curricular engagement, as well as appropriate remuneration for academic staff of educational institutions. Across the country.
The month-long strike recently launched by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at this critical point in our drive for excellence in education is detrimental to the achievement of set goals and disrupts the academic calendar in educational institutions higher across the country.
While we believe that ASUU acted within its constitutional mandate, the most significant implication of their strike action is that it would increase the burden already suffered by our education sector.
In all of our many advocacy as a group, we have emphasized the need for ASUU leadership to devise other ways to negotiate better working conditions at institutions of higher education across the country. ASUU’s consistent use of the strike runs so counter to logic that we are tempted to believe more than appears in the recent strike.
Our focus on roundtables is based on the consequences associated with strike actions that leave students frustrated and inactive, which in turn leads to an increase in social vices in the country.
We are of the view that ASUU management does not realize that there is so much catching up to do in our education sector, and any attempt to further disrupt the academic calendar through strike action may be considered as counterproductive.
On this premise, we wish to commend the authorities of Prince Abubakar Audu University in Kogi State for their refusal to join the month-long warning strike launched by ASUU. It’s a welcome development that bolsters the position of university visitor Governor Yahaya Bello.
We know from a reliable source that the action of the authorities of Prince Abubakar Audu University revolves around the remarkable state of service of the university, among which is the complete financial autonomy it enjoys with regard to its internally generated revenue. This is indeed remarkable from the Governor of Kogi State. He has done extremely well in the education sector of the state since he took over the leadership in 2016.
The Education and Justice Coalition wants it to be on record that Prince Abubakar Audu University is the only public institution in the country that is not part of the month-long warning strike launched by ASUU.
We have learned from reliable sources that the university’s refusal to join the strike is an acknowledgment of the notable attention it has received from the Kogi State government in support of the university’s seamless and uninterrupted university programs. ‘university.
Prince Abubakar Audu University in Kogi State has remained a pioneer of educational excellence in the country with notable innovations that have positioned it as a first among equals in the education system of the country which has seen graduates from college excel in their chosen careers within and outside the country’s shores.
It should also be noted that under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello, the university has enjoyed an uninterrupted academic calendar which has placed it in an enviable position as a renowned learning citadel.
The Coalition for Education and Justice wishes to state unequivocally that the action of Prince Abubakar Audu University is exemplary and should be imbibed by other public universities in our quest for the rapid development of the education sector in the country.
It is also instructive to state that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has once again set a worthy model in the operations of public universities which other governors should emulate in the country.
We are of the view that if the Kogi model were implemented at all levels, the education sector in the country would experience tremendous growth and sustainability which would be reflected in the quality of graduates coming out of our ivory towers .
The leadership of the Education and Justice Coalition expresses its gratitude to the authorities of Prince Abubakar Audu University for their pioneering work in ensuring that university graduates are well equipped to contribute to the growth and sustainable development of the country.
We are therefore not surprised that the university has continued to attract the best hands into its fold, which has greatly improved the quality of teaching at stake at the university and the regular and uninterrupted academic programs at the levels of the first and third cycle.
The Education and Justice Coalition commends the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, for providing the leadership of Prince Abubakar Audu University with the support needed to advance educational excellence in an enabling atmosphere to learning in ways too numerous to mention.
We firmly believe that the example of Prince Abubakar Audu deserves to be emulated. We urge the competent authorities of the education sector of the country to recognize the considerable progress recorded and implemented in the university.