PERENNIAL STRIKES AFFECT UNIVERSITIES’ RANKING, SAYS CHRISLAND UNIVERSITY
The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. Chinedum Babalola, has said that perennial industrial actions in the university system is the major reason for continued lowering in the country’s academic and or education ranking globally.
Babalola, who spoke at a public funcrions in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, further lamented that long and many strike actions by trade unions are largely reponsible for the instability in the nation’s public universities’ academic calendar.
However, Babalola, who noted that the industrial actions in some instances have yielded positive results by improving funding, infrastructure, staff welfare, said the frequency and long duration of many strikes have led to disruption of academic activities and therefore affecting poor ranking of nation’s public universities.
She said: “It has become a case of one strike too many. The Academic Staff Union of Universities strike’s in Nigeria has become a perennial phenomenon and inimical to our tertiary education system. It lowers our ranking at the global level.”
While emphasising some consequences of ASUU strike on the university education, Babalola said that it had remained an albatross in the public universities and had been hampering the smooth running of the affected institutions.
She said the Chrisland University’s recent success in the accreditation of its nine programmes by the National Universities Commission (NUC) was by resovle of the institution to strive for academic and moral excellence.
According to her, the programmes Accounting, Business Administration, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Microbiology, Economics, Criminology and Security Studies, Political Science and Psychology were presented accreditation to the NUC in October/November last year.
She lauded the Chancellor of the university, Mrs. Winnifred Awosika, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Emeritus Professor Bayo Adekanye, council members, members of the Board of Trustees, principal officers, the school management, as well as staff and students for their immense contributions to the success of the exercise.
She enthused that private universities, particularly Chrisland University which never witnessed any kind of industrial action, would continue to enjoy a stable academic calendar and attendant high education standard.