ASUU blasts NUC, says strike continues

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The Academic Staff Union of
Universities said the existence of
the National Universities
Commission has not brought
improvement to the standard of
education in the country.
The union also said that it would
not call off the strike because of
the mere promise made by the
Federal Government to provide
revitalisation fund for the
university system.
ASUU also called on the National
Assembly to investigate the
activities of NUC with a view to
determining the continued
relevance or otherwise of the
university supervisory body.
If found irrelevant, ASUU said it
should be scrapped.
Chairman of ASUU, University of
Ibadan chapter, Dr. Olusegun
Ajiboye, who spoke in Ibadan
noted that the NUC boss, Prof.
Julius Okojie, had concentrated
the effort of the university
regulatory body on quantity
rather than quality while issuing
accreditation to universities.
Ajiboye said, “Okojie should take
full responsibility for all his
deeds in the NUC. Nigerians should
be proud of ASUU in its efforts at
repositioning public universities
in the country.”
The union leader added that the
result of the assessment exercise
of NUC carried out by the National
Economic Empowerment
Development Strategy should be
used to judge the relevance of NUC
and its leader rather than the
self-assessment of the regulatory
agency.
He said some of the accreditations
granted by NUC were enmeshed in
controversy, wondering why the
National Assembly had not taken
action on the controversies
surrounding the accreditations so
far recorded.
He said, “One of the efforts of
ASUU to reposition education in
the country is the NEEDS
Assessment document. This was a
product of a rigorous academic
exercise carried out by dependable
and credible members of our
union. Unlike the numerous faulty
accreditation reports which had
given these universities clean bill
of health, the NEEDS Assessment
Report stands out as a classical
document of reference detailing
the rot and decay in public
universities in Nigeria.
“All well meaning Nigerians can
see the contrast between Okojie’s
packaged accreditation reports
and a credible job done by ASUU.
It has become very clear from the
assessment document that Okojie
and his people have fooled this
country for too long. Time is now
for government to beam a
searchlight on the activities of
the NUC. The education
committees in both the Senate
and House of Representatives have
an arduous task to do here.
Nigerians are calling for
dismantling of an omnibus body
that has done the country more
harm than good.”
ASUU also reiterated its
commitment to the current effort
to gain Federal Government
consent to its demand, saying
that the strike would not be
called off based on mere
government promise.
Meanwhile, a non-governmental
organisation, Do It Right
Foundation, has appealed to the
Federal Government and ASUU to
work hard and resolve the
lingering crisis that has shut
down the education sector.
In a statement on Sunday,
President and National
Coordinator of the foundation,
Mr. Dixon Jubril, called on the
university lecturers to give room
for re-opening of the universities
in the interest of the students.
“It has become a burden on both
the government and ASUU to save
the education sector from collapse
by finding a common ground for
the amicable resolution of the
crisis. What both parties to the
dispute must have in mind is that
while the situation lingers it is
the future of the students that is
at stake.
“We call on ASUU in particular to
shift ground a bit for the common
good of the education system. It’s
our belief that the time has come
for ASUU to devise other means of
settling its disputes with
government instead of the
constant disruption of academic
activities with its attendant
socio-economic implications.

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