NASU, SSANU strike did not disrupt our semester exams – Unilorin VC, Egbewole

The 7-day nationwide warning strike declared by the non-academic staff in public universities in the country did not not disrupt the ongoing semester examination taking place in the University of Ilorin.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Wahab Egbewole disclosed this much at the Ramadan Iftar with journalists held at the main campus of the university, Ilorin, on Saturday.

Commending the unions and the general staff of the institution, Prof. Egbewole said “I have said it over and over that our unions are responsible unionists and our primary concern is our students and that is why it was possible for us to have our examination process without hiccups.

“They obeyed and I want to say with all sense of responsibility that the unions obeyed their leaders at the national level and went on strike.

“But because of our understanding, the unions that were not on strike assisted in creating a seamless examination process,” he explained.

The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the commitment to create an enabling environment for the university to achieve its ‘Smart Agenda’.

He said, “We need to create an enabling environment for our students to learn, for our staff to ply their trade and for the university to achieve its smart agenda.”

Highlighting the achievements recorded in the university, he said “a number of infrastructural additions had come to our University.

“We completed the Chemical Engineering, we have also added value by creating the car park that is befitting of the structure. We have also renovated a number of facilities as we speak, and completed a number of new hostels.”

“We believe that the welfare of our students will be better taken care of. We have been able to add to our workforce by recruiting the approved number of 201 academic staff and non-teaching staff into our University.”

On the global plain, Egbewole said for the university to be a global player, “we need to do things differently and that is why I believe that we are positioning ourselves as a University to the point that we should be self-sustaining.”