In the midst of ASUU strike, the wives of the vice chancellors of public universities are planning for a five-day trip to Istanbul in Turkey.
This comes as the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ current strike, which began on February 14, 2022, enters its third month.
According to a statement from the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, the program will take place in Istanbul from July 18 to July 23, 2022.
However, The letter signed by the Committee’s Secretary-General, Yakubu Ochefu.
Ochefu also stated that each of the VC spouses will also pay N1.5m as a course fee to participate in the program.
‘Invitation to the Istanbul 5-Day Leadership & Management Masterclass, Fellowship Induction for Spouses of Vice Chancellors, Women in Academics, and Higher Education Leadership,’ said the message addressing vice chancellors.
“We realize the critical role wives play in helping Vice Chancellors as they carry out their day-to-day management of institutions,” it also said in part.
“Capacity development activities for women in academia and wives of vice chancellors at Nigerian universities are therefore critical”.
“In this regard, the Committee’s Secretariat, In Partnership with Win Institute for Gender Studies, Nigeria in collaboration with her Turkey-based learning partner, Istanbul Egitimler, have put together a 5-day Leadership & Management Masterclass, and Fellowship Induction for spouses of Vice Chancellors, women academics and higher education leadership in Africa.”
Similarly, the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities Spouses will host a two-day conference at the University of Lagos’ Tayo Aderinokun Memorial Hall.
However, The conference is scheduled for May 9, 2022, and will be hosted by UNILAG VC Prof O.T. Ogundipe and his wife, with former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Dr Ibukun Awosika, as one of the speakers.
The union, chaired by Prof Emmanuel Osodeke also stated that it made the decision for the Federal Government and its agencies to address the union’s outstanding requests.