By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” ProChancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Benue State University, Prof. Ode Ojowu has declared that the lingering FG-ASUU face-off has cost the university over N443 million in financial losses, a development he lamented is telling on the institution.
Briefing newsmen in Makurdi yesterday, Prof. Ojowu lamented that the university has had 13 strike actions, out of which only three were internal, in which the institution lost over 600 working days to the industrial action.
He regretted that the development poses grave danger to the overall development of the university and the stateâ€™s educational sector, hence he appealed to the institutionâ€™s chapter of ASUU to have a rethink and call off their strike action.
Ojowu, who was Economic Adviser to erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo, further urged the people of the state, whom he described as stakeholders in the institution, to prevail on the striking university teachers to consider the trauma parents and students have been subjected to in the last four months and graciously call off their action â€œfor the sake of the stateâ€™s educational systemâ€.
While berating the national chapter of ASUU for dragging ASUU-BSU into the face-off with government despite being on course on all grounds, he enjoined the striking BSU lecturers to come back to work.