ESUT Pro-Chancellor Decries Incessant Strikes in Varsities

The Pro-Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Dr Chilo Offiah, has decried the incessant strikes in the country’s universities by the various staff unions.

Addressing the newly elected executives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ESUT Chapter, on Friday, Offiah regretted that such strikes had affected academic activities and the calendar of most universities.

Offiah, who is also the Chairman of the governing council of the university, said the development had also affected the quality of teaching and learning in a negative way.

“It is an acknowledged fact that aggrieved workers have the right to express their displeasure over the inability of the system to meet their demand through strike.

“I am not happy with the prolonged strike because it is to the detriment of the system. Any action that lasts more than two weeks can be counter-productive.

Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji, commended the new leadership of ASUU in the institution.

Onyeji expressed optimism that the management of the institution would work harmoniously with the union to move it forward.

In his speech, the Chairman of the union, Dr Chris Nnadi, promised to work in collaboration with the management, students and members of staff to maintain sanity in the institution.

Nnadi expressed optimism that the federal government would implement the final agreement reached between it and ASUU.

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