By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
THE Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) has been advised deploy better option of engaging the Federal Government rather than
the strike actions embarked upon in pressing home its demands.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who gave the advise Thursday in Sokoto while receiving the newly elected executives of the Sokoto state University chapter of the Union who paid him a courtesy call also urged them to develop new ideas and skills of negotiations at realising a responsive consensus and common grounds with governments at all levels rather than strike actions.
The Sokoto state governor noted that strike actions were never a good option in modern developmental processes , pointing out that it has always affected the general socio-economic activities of universities , states and country as a whole.
However,Tambuwal acknowledged and congratulated the immediate past executives of the Union for their exemplary leadership while imploring the newly elected executives to emulate their predecessors by embracing peaceful dialogue, engagement and negotiations between the union,university management and government on issues. According to the governor” it is not about confrontation nor fighting but common objectives which we all have stake for. Is basically about improving standard of education at all levels in the state. Government and ASUUU shouldn’t be seen working at cross purposes , a tendency that could truncate educational development”, he remarked .
In the same vein, while commenting on appointment of new Deputy Vice Chancellors(DVCs) in the university, Tambuwal advised that both management and governing board of he university should loo inward for selection , assuring that the state government would not meddle in the process in view of the competent hands the institution has.
The governor further disclosed that the state government will soon identify a suitable site for the construction of a College of Health Sciences for the University to be funded by the Abdussamad Isiyaka Rabiu Foundation. Though, Tambuwal said the state government had since commenced the construction of he College temporary site while explaining that by the his government successfully completes the new teaching hospital, it will be the biggest and largest medical complex in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, in their respective remarks, the immediate past and new chairmen of state University chapter of the union, Dr Attahiru Sifawa and Dr Saidu Isah Abubakar said the visit was in appreciation to governor Tambuwal while commending him for expanding the university edifice by constructing more faculties, library, administrative offices complex , other facilities including the ongoing teaching hospital of the university.
Similarly, they thanked the governor for settling all outstanding staff entitlements while requesting him to address the issue of abandoned staff quarters at the university.