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The University of Jos chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has established a bottled water and beverage facility in Jos.
Speaking at the inauguration of the project on Thursday in Jos, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, chairman of the union in the university said the project was a brainchild of its Cooperative Investment Company Limited.
He said that the initiative was aimed at providing essential services to the society, adding that it would also create job opportunities for young people.
He explained that the initiative was to further tell Nigerians that the union is not just about strike, but the quest to meet social needs.
”This is event is very important in the life of ASUU in Unijos.
”You will recall that in 2020, while ASUU was on strike, we constructed and furnished a twin lecture theater and donated to the university.
“What we are doing today is just to meet the social needs of the society by providing water and other beverages at affordable prices and to also create jobs.
”As we speak, we have provided direct employment to 25 members of this community where this factory is domiciled.
”This goes to show that ASUU is not just concerned about going on strikes, but the growth, development and wellbeing of the society,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, the Vice-Chancellor of University, commended ASUU for the initiative.
Ishaya, promised to support the union at all times, adding that the university would patronise the factory.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the factory was inaugurated by ASUU President, Prof. Victor Osodeke.
NAN further reports that the factory is located at Dong community of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
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Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.