Gov Suswan Condemns State Universities for Joining ASUU Strikes, Calls For Prosecution of VCs
Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswan has urged his colleagues to prosecute any vice-chancellor of state-owned university that decides to join national strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Suswan, who spoke at the 3rd Biennial Conference of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities in Minna, the Niger State capital, said that state universities have no business joining strikes called by ASUU.
Recalling the just suspended strike embarked upon by ASUU, Suswan, who was the chairman of the committee set up by the Federal Government to interface with the striking lecturers to resolve issues, wondered why the Benue State University should join the industrial action, especially when the institution had no problem with the government.
He said: “To me, no state university has any business joining any national strike and that is why prochancellor should meet and agree on it.
“Your universities should not join because other universities had problems and had to join. My university had no reason to join, but it did and when, I asked why, it claimed it joined to show sympathy with ASUU. And to my surprise, when the Earn Allowance was released, ASUU said the money was for purely federal government universities, no state owned university benefitted.”
Earlier in his address, Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu called on the two factions of the Nigeria Governors Forum to swallow up their pride and unite for the peace and growth of the forum.
Aliyu, who is the chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, said the crisis that engulfed the forum had divided the governors and caused them to lose much ground on issues affecting the nation.