By Favour Nnabugwu

ABUJA- The country has lost three and half years of academic session to strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in the last 15 years.

Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Universities Commission, said this at the opening ceremony of a three-day workshop on Tutoring and Effective Feedback for Open and Distance Learning, ODL, in Abuja, Tuesday.

He said though the strikes were justified, ASUU should have adopted other means of expressing its grievances with the Federal Government without disrupting academic session for the sake of students, who bore the brunt of the action in the long run.

He said: “We have lost three and half years to strike action in the last 15 years. If you keep doing the same thing over the years and you find out that method is not working, why not change it.”

He, however, noted that NUC will at all times maintain standards in the nation’s universities, warning that it would no longer be business as usual in the universities.

He said: “We try to cut corners in this country. We cheat in UTME, we cheat in WAEC and at the end of the day, we churn out adjourned professors and people who carry PhD about without earning it.”

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