FG v ASUU: ‘Stand-off Will End Soon’–Fayemi Guarantees
The Governor of Ekiti state and Chairman, Nigerian Governor’s Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, assured that the prolonged ASUU strike will soon come to an end.
Fayemi gave this guarantee while speaking during the 24th Convocation of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.
He guaranteed that the stand-off between the Federal Government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which has brought about the strike by University lecturers, will soon be resolved.
The Governor explained that in his capacity as the NGF Chairman, he was present in the ongoing negotiations between the FG and ASUU
“We are nearer to the resolution of the crisis than people think,” Fayemi was quoted as saying regarding the successful outcome of the negotiations,” Fayemi stated.
While speaking at the convocation ceremony, Fayemi urged labour leaders in the institution to always seek peaceful resolutions, first, and choose dialogue when faced with issues that bothering them.
To the 11,437 candidates who bagged various degrees in the University, Fayemi advised them to begin developing 21st century economy skills that will make them relevant in their spheres of discipline.
“This is a period when academic curricular of our citadels of learning should be tailored towards meeting the realities of our contemporary Nigeria and the antidote for its various challenges.
“It is a generally acceptable norm that only qualified staff and students could innovate and steer the ship of our university system as well as Nigeria as a nation to our expected shore. Therefore, I challenge the graduating students of today to see themselves as the future of Nigeria. The earlier the responsibility of leadership is embraced by their generation, the better for them as a people and to us as nation,” Fayemi said.
The ceremony also witnessed former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, inaugurated as the institution’s pro-chancellor.
Sanusi said that the appointment will only serve as a basis to collaborate with Fayemi on nation building.
“This appointment will only further encourage me to continue joining hands with him (Fayemi) as we seek to make contributions to resolving some of the intractable issues currently facing this country,” Sanusi said.