Sen. Oluremi Tinubu
, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, and who was part of the delegation that inspected various ongoing projects at the University of Lagos, on Friday 30 November 2018 spoke on the need to take skill acquisition serious for poverty eradication and financial independence, while praising the institution for developing skills of students through its entrepreneurship centre.
The Chairman of the Committee who led the delegation to the institution, Sen. Jibrin Barau, also commended the institution’s management on achievement of such great projects through internally generated revenue and prudent management.
Barau also assured the institution of speedy resolution of the protracted crisis between the FG and Academic Staff Union of Universities.
According to him, what is needed at the moment is an approach that would ensure that ASUU and the Federal Government would reach a common ground fast.
”I must tell you that we are not happy with this strike because we cannot continue like this.
”I have personally sponsored a bill to see how the Federal Government and ASUU can reach a common ground concerning the demands of these lecturers.
”As the committee chairman, I have been trying to interface between ASUU and the Federal Government.
”ASUU on its part too should be considerate as the Federal Government may not have all it takes to meet most of its demands now,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that the commendation by members of the committee would propel the university to do more.
According to him, development projects in the university at the moment were a collective effort aimed at taking the institution to the next level.
“We are happy that the committee members are expressing delight at what is going on in the university but I must say that we have not started. By the grace of God, we shall do more soon.
“It is a challenge that we can do more; therefore, there is the need to work harder to take the university to greater heights,” he said.
NAN reports that senators Yahaya Kaura, Sam Egwu, Magnus Ibe and Idris Oricha were also part of the team.