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Let Us Reason Together, Okowa Tells ASUU

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


 Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has challenged tertiary institutions in the country to be accountable, innovative and infrastructure-driven to make them centres of excellence.

Okowa gave the charge on Monday, September 28, 2015, when he received the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Delta State University, Abraka, chapter, led by the chairman, Prof. Abel Mac Diakparome.

Okowa said, “If we think that government can continue to fund every aspect of the university we will be making a mistake; the university must run itself so that it can account for every money it generates.

“The state government pays salaries and carries out infrastructure development in our tertiary institutions; the schools need to generate money and use same for infrastructural development.

“At the federal level, the universities have been able to carry out infrastructural development through money generated from consultancy.”

Okowa called on the union to continue to partner with government in ensuring industrial harmony in DELSU, assuring the academics that, “Labour is a critical stakeholder in the governance of the state.

“When labour partners with government, they create avenues to dialogue and seek solutions to the challenges we face. Times are difficult and you are aware of the economic downturn nationally and globally, it is a huge challenge and we need to discuss and think together to maintain the present industrial harmony in the state.”

“In this industrial diplomacy, we need to find a way where, as a government, we are able to meet the expectations of the people, while we reason together and work together to make the school a centre of excellence.”