The federal government has been advised to send its delegation to Delta State to study its education system in order to avoid strikes in Nigeria’s higher education system.
According to the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, it was necessary for federal authorities to apply the Delta State Government formula even to end the ongoing strike by teachers at national universities.
Lecturers under the auspices of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been on strike for more than half a year. However, the four state universities in Delta did not strike.
Okowa spoke to reporters in Asaba on Tuesday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olise Ifeajika, and sympathized with students at federal universities for the protracted strike.
He insisted that academic sessions in the state’s four universities have not been disrupted due to industrial action, and insisted that the students graduate when they should.
The governor praised the speed with which the federal government followed up on its earlier advice to take local content into account when monitoring oil installations with the awarding of a surveillance contract to government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, adding that the federal government should similarly apply wisdom in dealing with the education sector to resolve the crisis in the country’s university system.
Mr Ifeajika stated: “Our governor has told the FG that in Delta, which has four state universities, our students go to school. They should come and see what we are doing in Delta to get our teachers out of the strike.
“We ask them to apply the speed in the supervision contract, by coming to Delta to see the industrial harmony in our universities.
“We thank the DPO for following our governor’s advice by awarding the oil surveillance contract to one of our sons, government Ekpemupolo. However, they need to move on to the education sector,” he said.
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