Stop Building Universities And Fund Those That Already Exist ASUU To FG.

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Why develop a new one when you can simply fund or better yet, renovate the existing ones?

The Academic Staff Union of Institutions (ASUU), Owerri Zone, has condemned the federal and state governments’ proliferation of universities.

It questioned why new universities were being built when current ones were being starved of cash.

The Federal Government has confirmed the opening of six private universities across Nigeria, increasing the total number of public and private universities in the country to around 176.

ASUU Owerri Zonal Coordinator Uzo Onyebinama spoke to reporters yesterday at the ASUU Secretariat of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, accusing the Federal Government of politicizing university education.

He claimed that the government’s recent announcement of additional universities was in preparation for the 2023 election campaigns.

Onyebinama, on the other hand, stated that the body was working to ensure that the National Institutions Commission (NUC) reviewed its act in order to empower it to limit the rate at which governments construct universities.

He said: “We’ve been asking the Federal Government in our conferences to stop creating universities, when they can’t fund the existing ones, which can absorb as many students as the new ones can take, if funded with expanded facilities. 

“But you know, as politicians, given that we’re approaching 2023, they want to have something for their campaigns.

” It’s not about opening universities, but funding and sustaining them. 

“The ones on the ground are mere shadows of themselves.”

“Truth is, the same new universities will tomorrow join other old ones to lament underfunding.

” Yet, another government will come up to establish theirs.

“Both federal and state governments are guilty of this. That’s why we’re demanding that the proliferation of universities must stop. We call on Nigerians to come to the rescue. It’s an ongoing struggle.”

Onyebinama accused the Federal Government of planning to postpone the signing and implementation of the renegotiated agreement for 2020, as well as the introduction of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment platform.

Acceptance and signature of the renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, which included academic staff service conditions in public universities, are among the outstanding concerns to be resolved in the 2020 Memorandum of Agreement, according to him.

Okey Aniebo of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Chinedu Ihejirika of Federal University of Science and Technology (FUTO), and Odinakachukwu Ejiogu of Imo State University were among the ASUU branch chairpersons present at the meeting (IMSU).

Chike Ugwuene of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), as well as former MOUAU chairpersons Chinyere Echendu and Christopher Echerobia of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, were among the others (FUTO).

If you ask me, I’d advise concentrating on the ones that are already in place.

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