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The Federal Government, yesterday, assured
Nigerian students that the ongoing strike by
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, would be
over in a few months.
This was made known by the Minister of Education,
Mr Nyesom Wike at the anniversary lecture of
National Universities Commission, NUC, in Abuja.
The minister who was represented by the Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Macjohn
Nwaobiala, reiterated Federal Government
commitment in resolving the ongoing strike of ASUU.
“The Federal Government is very concerned about
the state of public tertiary institutions in the country.
“The Federal Government is really worried about the
ongoing strike of ASUU and the strike would be
resolved in a few months,”he said.
Speaking at the event, a former Executive Secretary
of NUC, Professor Jubril Munzali, in his goodwill
message, said the education sector for 21 years have
been under funded and the significant increase in the
funding of tertiary institutions were done through the
struggle of ASUU.
He blamed the Federal Government for lingering
ASUU strike, adding that it is time for the Federal
Government to listen to its agencies and allow NUC
perform its statutory role and fund universities based
on the advice of its agencies like NUC.
He said the Federal Government process of direct
funding of universities, have over the years resulted
in mismanagement of the funds allocated to the
At the event, Professor John Daniel in his paper
presentation titled, ‘Turbulent and Testing Times for
Global Higher Education: Lessons for Nigeria’, said
“online teaching and learning is now part of the
future of most universities. Nigeria should be very
good at this because without embarrassing you by
pressing the point, I note that your country, through
419 scams, is a world leader in the use of the
internet for less desirable purposes.”
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