Govt Sets Committee To Implement Pact With Varsities’ Unions

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Workers in Nigerian Universities would have no cause to complain again as federal government has set up committee to monitor the implementation  of the agreement with trade unions in Nigerian universities.

   Membership of the committee headed by the chairman of the committee of pro-chancellors of Federal Universities and chairman of the Governing Council of University  of Maiduguri, Dr Wale Babalakin is drawn from the Academic Staff  Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU).

Also to serve as a member of the committee include, Director of Tertiary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Jamila Shuara, Chairman of the committee of Vice-Chancellors of federal universities and vice-chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Don  Baridam, his counterpart for state universities , Prof. F. I Dike and chairman of pro-chancellor of state universities and a retired Supreme Court Justice, Dr Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, a representative each of education committee from both chambers of National Assembly. Mr B. C. Obum would serve as the secretary of the committee.

Inaugurating the committee, the education minister, Dr Sam Egwu said it was bold step taken after the October 21 signing of the agreement between the government and trade unions in the Nigerian universities.

He said the faithful implementation of the agreement would bring lasting peace to the universities in the country.

“It is my hope that the assignment of the committee as specified in the agreement will also be  done in the same pirit of full understanding that the agreement will bring lasting peace and return the university system to its past glory” Dr Egwu emphasised.

The minister disclosed that section 3. 1.2 of the agreement implies that, there is unqualified commitment on the part of the principals in the pursuits of the avowed goals of agreement and they would respect the sanctity of regular university academic calendar.

In the same vein, they would commit themselves to the strict adherence to the provisions of the prescribed minimum academic standards and to the primacy of dialogue and due process over and above tactics that undermine and disrupt good order in the conduct of university activities.