The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has appealed to striking academic staff of universities in the country to call off the current industrial action and explore other means of settling its dispute with government, in the overall interest of the country.
Amosun, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa made the appeal at the 10th convocation ceremony of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TAUSED), Ijagun.
The Governor who decried the incessant strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), regretted that the development had not only robbed off on the quality of education and research but also on the quality of graduates produced by the universities.1
‘’We will continue to appeal to ASUU to sheath its sword. It is human to have disagreements but we should always put the interest of the country, particularly our young ones before other considerations. Work to rule is not always the best means to resolve issues. Please return to your campuses so that we can together take Nigeria to a lofty height’’, Amosun said.
The Governor commended TASUED for meeting the objectives of which it was established, applauding the institution for the academic excellence it has recorded over the years, which he noted has manifested in the quality of graduates turned out yearly.
While noting that the institution had continued to excel in building necessary capacity for National development since its establishment, about 13 years ago, Governor Amosun urged philanthropists, corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to support his government at ensuring that the institution retains its enviable position in the comity of leading Universities in Nigeria and abroad.
Welcoming guests earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu said graduates of the institution were equipped academically and morally to compete favourably with their peers within and outside the country.
A total of 2,763 students graduated at the ceremony, with 23 bagging first class degrees. 256 students were awarded postgraduate degree, consisting of 177 Masters in education and 79 in post graduate degrees certificate.