I’ll end strikes in Nigerian varsities, Tinubu assures

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has  said his administration focused on creating an enabling environment for sustainable dialogue in order to bring frequent strike actions by staff unions in the Nigerian university system to a permanent end.

He regretted that Nigerian universities have witnessed untold harsh situations over the years due to frequent strike actions.

He said there is the need for his administration to address the root causes of strikes in universities and other tertiary institutions to put an end to wanton disruption of academic calendar and waste of time in universities.

He was speaking weekend  at the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th combined convocation ceremony of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University ATBU, Bauchi, held at its Gumbi campus.

Tinubu said the administration would do everything within its power and limited resources to ensure that university education in Nigeria was improved in tune with global best practices.

Represented by Mr Ocheido James of the Federal Ministry of Education, President Tinubu, who is the visitor to the university told the gathering that the administration is at the moment steadily and conscientiously studying the education sector, including the tertiary subsector with the view of finding a formidable blueprint for achieving greater success in service delivery.

He said  the university system in Nigeria has come a long way and has recorded a lot of unquantifiable achievements in the training of professionals in every field and experts in various disciplines that are contributing to the development of not only the country but the world at large.

“In order to safeguard the sanctity of our graduates, the federal government has noted the gradual encroachment of fake degree certificates acquired by some unpatriotic Nigerians from unscrupulous institutions, mostly from beyond the borders of this country. Machinery has been put in place to bring this unwholesome trend to an end and those who engage in it to face the wrath of the law,” he said.