Vice President Kashim Shettima has called for a stop to the use of strikes to show dissatisfaction with the government.
He was speaking at the 24th combined convocation of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID, Borno State) on behalf of the visiting President Bola Tinubu.
“It is no longer popular to use conflict to seek better welfare conditions for your members,” he stated on Saturday.
“Continual strikes are very damaging to the system, so communication must remain the first option in addressing any issue or crisis.”
According to him, the Federal Government is always willing to engage in talks with labour unions in the country in order to resolve labour issues.
The vice president also urged joint efforts to fund the nation’s education system, claiming that the government cannot do it alone.
The institution, which is having its first convocation since the 2018–2019 academic session, granted Shettima and three other distinguished Nigerians honorary doctorates. The VP of @officialSKSM inspires graduates and emphasises the importance of education as a service to humanity.
Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, the university’s vice chancellor, urged the graduating students to pursue entrepreneurship at the event.
“Every accomplishment in life brings with it difficulties.” Today is your graduation day. Our country is dealing with a slew of issues. “I feel the university has appropriately educated you to contribute to the development of answers to these difficulties,” he stated.
“The age in which graduates looked to the government for solutions to all issues is rapidly passing.” I encourage you to use your university’s entrepreneurial training to establish your employability status. Begin a business, no matter how modest your funds or idea.”
More than 33,000 students graduated and received certificates from the university, with 147 receiving first-class honours.
A breakdown of the graduating students shows that 817 people received master’s degrees and 131 received PhDs. Others received their initial degrees from traditional universities and affiliated colleges.