The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has pleaded to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to immediately resolve their differences and put an end to the ongoing ASUU strike, in the interest of not only the students but the entire nation.
Governor Abiodun appealed while inaugurating the boards of the state-owned tertiary institutions on Thursday, saying education remained the biggest industry in the Gateway State.
“We can all feel the effects of these unresolved crises not only on our university system, but it has also affected other sectors of our economy. These youths are out of school, and we all know that an idle hand is an available workshop for the devil.
“This is no more a matter of who is right or wrong. It is a matter of what is good for our youths and our nation. I, therefore, appeal to both sides to find a meeting point and resolve the crises for the good of our youths and our nation in general.”
Asking the striking lecturers and the FG to sheath their swords and put an end to the impasse, he noted that the overall interest of the nation should be paramount so that the biggest industry was not put in jeopardy and the students were not unduly punished.
The governor explained that, with the inauguration of the boards of the tertiary institutions, his administration was celebrating the proud legacy of education bequeathed to the state by its early torchbearers in the sector.
He recalled the giant strides of people like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Dr. Tai Solarin, Professors Adeoye Lambo, Anthony Asiwaju, Akin Mabogunje, and Theophilus Ogunlesi, among several others.
“We are worthy inheritors of an entrenched legacy in education. And, to our people, education remains the biggest industry,” he said.
The boards inaugurated are those of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye; Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode; Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta; Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa; Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade; D.S. Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori; Ogun State College of Technology, Ilese, Ijebu; and Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo.