By Emmanuel Olorunsola
The founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, has described the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian universities, noting that its refusal to end its ongoing strike is responsible for the non-inclusion of final year students of tertiary institutions in the list of graduating pupils and students directed to resume by the Federal Government.
Babalola regarded the step of the Federal Government as being wrong in a statement titled, “ASUU: The commander-in-chief of Nigerian public universities – Afe Babalola.”
READ ALSO: The real reason why we asked pupils in terminal classes to resume school -Education Minister
Reacting to Federal Government’s announcement of resumption of final year pupils and students of primary and secondary schools leaving out tertiary institutions he said, “The Federal Government was aware that if it directed final year students of public universities to resume, ASUU would object and in this case, ASUU has objected.”
Babalola advised the Federal Government to treat education as a necessary social service where strike actions are forbidden.
He said, “The Federal Government went wrong by not insulating private universities from the public universities. The future of this country with regards to quality and functional education lies with private universities.”