The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU University of Jos chapter has charged its members to imbibe and inculcate high moral force and work ethics amid the lingering moral and ethical disposition in the educational sector of the country, stressing that ethics is all-encompassing and adherable. This was disclosed at a public lecture organised by the union on the 20th August 2019 at 10:00 am which held at the ASUU unity hall University of Jos Permanent Site.

Addressing members present at the summit, the guest speaker Prof. Ademola Aremu of the University of Ibadan sited that the theme of the lecture ‘Moral force in the University and work ethics’ designates the entity of huge responsibility of members to oneself and to others stressing that ASUU plays a role in the larger society and as such members should be conscious of students by giving them a place of franchise emphasizing that the student are the mirror through which the image of the union is reflected. He encouraged members to set examples for the society, not forgetting that they are not only obliged to fight for the Unions’ interest but it is paramount to fight for the right of those who have been silenced. He pointed to members the ethics of good conduct to include; punctuality and attendance, charisma, loyalty, productivity, organisational skill, effective time management, competence, respect, good sense of dressing, and research-oriented.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos Prof. Seddi Sebastine Maimako ably represented by the Provost of the University Simeon Yiltok of the College of Health Sciences extended his regards to the union and reprimanded her to be self-reflective and self-critical in complement to the theme of the lecture. He also added that, for the University to produce students that would be exemplary in the society and an institution that would be a model for others to imitate all hands need to be on deck. He charged members to do their best to comply with work ethics so as, not to be found wanting. He warned that when lecturers do not do the right thing those whom they mentor would do the wrong thing and consider it a norm.

Briefing newspersons at the end of the event Dr. Judith. M. Patrick of the department of Arts education stated that the theme was timely considering the current occurrences of sex-for-grades in various Universities. She also noted that the publicity of the event to the students was not encouraging considering their low turnout, emphasizing that the issue on deck was not one-sided and as such both parties needed to be in attendance. She charged all those responsible to see to it that events as such get well-publicized and students should comply but attending in order to table their grievances.

The event saw the light of the Host Dr. L.L Maigoro the ASUU Chairperson University of Jos, Prof. Sati Umar Fwatshak the Dean of the Faculty of Arts University Of Jos, Comrade Eugene Manji the Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC Plateau state, Prof. Patricia Lar a former director of the University, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU Bauchi State Chapter Prof. Lawan Abubakar and other lecturers of the University most of whom gave their goodwill messages and fraternal greetings, according members to do what is expected of them so that making demands would be justifiable.

Edited by JM (2/5)

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