“Change Strategy, Employ Lobbying Tactics” – Former Vice Chancellor
Prof. Hussein Oloyede, former Vice Chancellor, Fountain University, Osogbo, has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider new strategies and lobbying as alternative means of negotiations instead of a strike.
News Agency of Nigeria
Oloyede, who was also the Vice Chancellor of Summit University, Offa, advised on Tuesday, at a special event organized to mark his retirement from service upon clocking the age of 70.
The VC, who observed that the strike had caused irredeemable damage to the future of education in the country, said lobbying as an instrument of negotiation is effective.
He explained that the union should have alternative strategies instead of employing strikes that were detrimental to the education system of the country.
Oloyede, who had been a Faculty member at the Department of Biochemistry, the University of Ilorin since his employment as a Graduate Assistant in 1977, said there were four critical stakeholders in the University system.
According to him, the stakeholders include the government, the students, the lecturers, and parents and the common objective that binds them is quality university education for the Nigerian youths.
He, however, lamented that the objective had not been achieved because the government had consistently reneged on its own words.
The vice chancellor also advised lecturers to be exemplary before their students, to enable them to fit into the role of mentors.
The don, who said no two students were alike, added that a good teacher or lecturer would not leave any of his students behind.
He attributed his success to divine favor, saying he felt fulfilled seeing his former students, Prof. Adenike Oladiji, became vice chancellor and Dr. Folasade Alu-Ayoade, become Secretary to Kogi State Government.
Also speaking, Prof. Musbau Akanji, a former Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, and Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, described Oloyede as a community builder and a scholar who had supervised eminent persons.
He listed such mentees to include nine professors in the university system and directors in research institutes.
Akanji added that Oloyede’s first Master’s student in 1991 is the current vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
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