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Nigeria loses 15million man-hours to strikes

12 September 2014, 15:30

Jos - Prof. Teresa Nmadu of the University of Jos on Thursday said that Nigeria lost 15-million man hours to the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and medical doctors.

Nmadu, who lectures at the Faculty of Human Resource Management, made the disclosure when he delivered the 63rd inaugural lecture of the university.

The theme of the lecture was "The Job to be Done: How we work and ought to work".

She said that generally, Nigerians had a poor attitude to value and volume of work being done, blaming it on the way they handled issues that bordered on work.

Nmadu said that for anyone to be fulfilled in life, there must be a focus on doing great works which according to her, is doing what you like to do best.

She expressed the fear that soon, most jobs would be replaced by what she termed portfolio jobs which incorporated job losses.

Also read: Committee wants NMA to apologise to Nigerians over strike

Nmadu called for a more robust human resource planning predicated on purpose and a high degree of obligation and necessities.

She lauded the efforts of the university at producing competent and credible graduates second to none in the country.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, described UNIJOS as having the capacity to generate knowledge needed to tackle some of the problems facing the country.

Mafuyai said that Nigeria looked up to the University of Jos to generate knowledge to keep Ebola and other deadly diseases out of the country.

He advised Nigerians to imbibe the necessary minimum hygiene practice in the meantime as a preventive measure for Ebola and other diseases presently ravaging the world.

-  NAN


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