The vice chancellor made this known in an interview with journalists, on the sidelines of the first end of year dinner and awards night of Unijos class of 80-85 alumni at the weekend in Abuja.
He said: “I think the government has done enough to move education forward and the rot of many decades cannot be corrected overnight. What I’m going to appeal through you, the media, is that we should listen to the voice of the nation, the mood of the nation and call off the strike in the overall public interest.”
Commenting on the ultimatum given to ASUU by the government, Mafuyai said, “all I can say is minister of education met with the vice chancellors, but when the university council meets, the nation would know the way forward.
“We just met with the minister of education and if he said anything to you that we don’t know, then I’m hearing it from you. All I’m saying to you is that we have been speaking out, we have been appealing to our colleagues, to do what we believe should be done, that is calling off the strike,” he said.
Earlier, Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswan, who was the chairman of the event, represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Saint Gbilekaa, said he is delighted that the alumni found it necessary to celebrate the first reunion of the pioneer set of the institution.
He charged them to contribute their quota in changing the educational sector of the country for the better, noting that “it is not as it was during your time, things really have gone bad, even the time and money and resources are not enough.”
Also speaking at the event, the national president, Unijos Alumni Association, Mr Salau Momodu, charged the class of 80-85 alumni to contribute to the development of the university.
He lamented that the permanent site of the university is still under construction and urged the alumni to assist in completing the buildings.
Some of the alumni who received awards at the event include; Dr. Peter Idabor, Dr. Emmauel Akabe, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Dr. Emmanuel Nwosu and Archbishop Emmanuel Egbunu.