President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday pleaded passionately with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to have a rethink over their protracted strike and return to classrooms for the sake of the students who are the worst hit by the industrial action.
He also cautioned the union not to abuse the freedom of association and the right of workers to go on strike or even use it to the detriment of the nation, just as he noted that whatever the grievances of ASUU, keeping students out of school for four months was quite unpatriotic.
The president made the appeal when he commissioned the College of Engineering Complex in the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Ekiti State, a three-storey College complex which has been named after him.
He said, “I once again appeal to the entire membership of ASUUto pause and ponder on the adverse effect of their action on the future of the vibrant youths of this great nation. The collective destiny of tens of thousands of tomorrow’s leaders should not be held hostage to vagaries of labour disputes. As long as we are humans, as long as we are a developing society, this labour dispute must come up.
Source: Leadership Newspaper NG