The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News 22 Jul, 2021 04:00 am

FG turning varsities into constituency projects, says ASUU President

FG turning varsities into constituency projects, says ASUU President
National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, spoke to LAWRENCE NJOKU, Southeast Bureau

• NUC law on the establishment of new varsities should be reviewed to discourage proliferation ASUU is at loggerheads with the Federal Government over unresolved issues of salary, IPPIS, and revitalisation of universities.How comfortable is ASUU with the way the Federal Government is establishing new higher institutions even when it has not met the funding responsibilities of older institutions?Our position on that had been that the Federal Government is toying with the future of the society.One of the things we did in the earlier agreement was that we agreed that the National Universities Commission (NUC) law should be reviewed to make it almost impossible for any governor or Federal Government to start a university without adequate preparation for funding for over 10 years.

We have met with the Minister of Labour, we have also uploaded this to the Chief of Staff to see if he can intervene to avoid a crisis, because of personal interest in IPPIS, which they put as a means of paying our salaries, but up till now, a number of our colleagues are not paid.That is why we are hoping that government will do the needful to avoid further crisis.

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