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Impasse: Coalition of research institutes urges Emir of Ilorin’s intervention

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The Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes, and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), has appealed to Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Emir of Ilorin to intervene in their impasse with Federal Government.

Dr. Benjamin Akintola, the National President of SSAUTHRIAI, made the call on Friday when the unions paid a courtesy visit to the Emir in Ilorin.

The visit is part of the two-day activities marking the union’s Perennial and Sectorial Meetings organized in Ilorin.

Presenting a letter to the Emir, Akintola prayed for the intervention of the royal father concerning the efforts of the leadership of the unions in resolving the dispute with the federal government.

“SSAUTHRIAI wishes to implore your royal highness to graciously intervene on behalf of our Union with the view to resolving some lingering issues bordering on the welfare of our members,” he said.

Akintola explained that the strike, which was declared on Oct. 13, 2021, initially started between 2010 and 2018, as the union held 33 meetings with the federal government and House of Representatives with no result.

According to him, there is need for adequate funding of research institutes, and release of schemes and conditions of service for members.

He also lamented that Nigerian research workers are migrating to the universities and other sectors because of unfavourable working conditions.

Responding, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of Kwara Council of Chiefs, appealed to the unions to exercise patient with the federal government.

He also urged members to be patriotic, attributing the present economic situation of the country to the economic meltdown across the world occasioned by COVID-19.

The first class traditional ruler emphasised the importance of research in the development of a nation and promised to deliver their message to President Muhammadu Buhari.

(NAN)
Impasse: Coalition of research institutes urges Emir of Ilorin’s intervention

The Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes, and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), has appealed to Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Emir of Ilorin to intervene in their impasse with Federal Government.

Dr. Benjamin Akintola, the National President of SSAUTHRIAI, made the call on Friday when the unions paid a courtesy visit to the Emir in Ilorin.

The visit is part of the two-day activities marking the union’s Perennial and Sectorial Meetings organized in Ilorin.

Presenting a letter to the Emir, Akintola prayed for the intervention of the royal father concerning the efforts of the leadership of the unions in resolving the dispute with the federal government.

SSAUTHRIAI wishes to implore your royal highness to graciously intervene on behalf of our Union with the view to resolving some lingering issues bordering on the welfare of our members,” he said.

Akintola explained that the strike, which was declared on Oct. 13, 2021, initially started between 2010 and 2018, as the union held 33 meetings with the federal government and House of Representatives with no result.

According to him, there is need for adequate funding of research institutes, and release of schemes and conditions of service for members.

He also lamented that Nigerian research workers are migrating to the universities and other sectors because of unfavourable working conditions.

Responding, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of Kwara Council of Chiefs, appealed to the unions to exercise patient with the federal government.

He also urged members to be patriotic, attributing the present economic situation of the country to the economic meltdown across the world occasioned by COVID-19.

The first class traditional ruler emphasised the importance of research in the development of a nation and promised to deliver their message to President Muhammadu Buhari.

(NAN)

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