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Industrial Action Causes More Harm Than Good To University Ranking, Says VC

Prof. Chinedum Babalola. Photo: TODAY.NG

The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Chinedum Babalola has said that the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reversed the trend of performances recorded by many tertiary institutions in the country.

Chrisland University VC made this known in an interview with pressmen in Oshogbo, Osun state.

Babalola berated the perennial strikes by the union, saying constant lock up of public universities has been largely responsible for the poor performances of tertiary institutions in the country and appealed to the leadership of the union to re-examine the issue and take effective corrective measures.

The VC who agreed that the strikes had yielded some positive results in the area of improved funding, however, frowned at the long duration of the strike, saying it had done more harm on the education sector’s image internationally than good.

“It has become a case of one strike too many. ASUU strikes in the country have become a perennial phenomenon that has become inimical to our education system. It lowers our ranking at the global,” she stated.

Speaking on course accreditation at the university, Babalola said that nine courses were already accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

She commended Mrs. Winnifred Awosika, Chancellor of the institution; Prof. Bayo Adekanye, Pro-Chancellor of the institution; the management of the university and students for their contributions to the success of the exercise.

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