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General News of Monday, 22 November 2021

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Nigeria can’t afford another varsity strike - Olanipekun

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Legal luminary and Chancellor, Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti, Chief Wole Olanipekun, has urged the Federal Government to honour all agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities to avert another nationwide strike in the ivory towers.

Olanipekun said the country could not afford to witness another strike a few months after the universities were closed shortly on the heels of the shutdown of schools over COVID-19 for the greater part of last year.

The senior advocate, represented by the General Manager, NewCruise FM Station, Mr Jide Ogunluyi, spoke in his Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State country home during the 25th Wole Olanipekun Scholarship Award ceremonies.

He said, “The Federal Government must honour all agreements with ASUU to prevent any strike that could affect the system. “We are just recovering from the effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The effects are still being felt. So, I advise that all agreements should be honoured for our universities to be fully operational.”

Olanipekun said that the yearly scholarship scheme was out of his love for education, adding that no fewer than 1075 students in the secondary school level had benefitted from the yearly scholarship scheme in the 25 years of its existence.

At the university level, he said, the scheme had assisted and produced no fewer than 527 graduates including medical doctors, agriculturists, engineers, law graduates, linguists, political scientists and accountants across the different quarters in Ikere Ekiti and other parts of the state.

Olanipekun urged Nigerians to allow their actions be guided by ‘kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, decency, empathy and benignity’, adding, “We rise by lifting others.

“Should this become our staple, the drop of water that the Wole Olanipekun Scholarship Scheme constitutes by itself will join with others to become a flood and this will serve to strengthen the foundation of humanity.”

According to him, in the 2021 edition, the scheme awarded scholarships to 50 students from secondary schools in Ikere, 50 undergraduate students, five Nigerian Law School students and a set of special awardees in addition to assistance to 14 old undergraduates and 15 new ones from other parts of the state and country.

Olanipekun, who said that the scheme would pay for JAMB forms for five students in each of the 16 secondary schools in Ikere Ekiti this year, asked the schools and their principals to submit the names of five students from each of the schools to the scholarship board.

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