PROF. AZARE CHARGES VCs, RECTORS AND PROVOSTS ON HARMONIOUS INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare
Director-General and Chief Executive
Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the Director-General and Chief Executive of the National Teachers ’Institute(NTI), Kaduna has recommended that Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and other school managers should ensure harmonious industrial relations with labour unions in their domains.
Azare made the recommendation in a paper titled:“Sources and Paucity of Funds as they Affect Labour Relations in the Management of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria,’’ delivered by him at a Seminar on Labour Relations and Industrial Harmony organised by the Federal College of Education(FCE),Kano, on Tuesday, June 25.
“ They should try to ensure harmonious industrial relations through openness and frankness towards discussing their institutions financial situations with labour leaders .
“They should seek their opinions for alternative funding to curtail paucity of funds, set targets and encourage collaborations with outside world by exploring labour union connections with relevant institutions and also facilitate communication process with them, ’’ he said.
According to him, industrial harmony facilitates the achievement of academic and non-academic goals in academic institutions in addition to enhancing healthy educational development as well as students academic well-being and psycho-educational stability.
He stressed that industrial harmony also enhances students’ inter and intra personal relations, living standards and generally improve the quality of life of the society.
“It is one of the avenues that create a peaceful working environment that is characterised by tolerance, dialogue and other alternative means of resolving labour challenges, misunderstandings and misconceptions of some managerial issues and avoidance of labour disputes,’’ he said.
The Don asserted that disharmony and instability experienced in recent times at higher institutions within the country may not be unconnected to various issues related to funding and lack of finance to support and carry out academic activities in harmonious working relationship with labour leaders of such institutions .
“The situation has resulted in destabilising academic activities which affected productivity in schools thereby resulting into poor communication between the school managers and the labour leaders of respective institutions.
“Most Nigerian universities have experienced series of crises caused by poor communication between labour leaders, students and tertiary institutions administrators, ’’he said.
According to him, the challenge of modern day industrial harmony especially in institutions of higher learning is the increased awareness on the part of employees about their rights and privileges.
He asserted that the rise in this awareness had become a pain in the neck of management of institutions pointing out that industrial harmony in many institutions got affected by that development.
“The incessant grievances and conflicts between management and employees in the higher education industry has more than ever before been publicised in the manifestation of negative consequences such as decline in students’ performance.
Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, June-July 2019 Vol. 1 No. 19, Page 5