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ASUU calls for NUC Act amendment to block proliferation of varsities

ASUU in Kano accused visitors of establishing state universities to appease their electorate without ensuring a funding plan.

• September 11, 2021

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the National Assembly to pass the Bill to amend the National Universities Commission Act to address the proliferation of state universities.

ASUU coordinator for Kano, Professor Abdulkadir Muhammad made the call at a press conference held at Bayero University Kano, on Friday.

Mr Muhammad also called on the visitors of state universities to live up to their responsibilities.

“We are calling on the national assembly to, as a matter of urgency, consider and pass the Bill.

Due to bad governance and underfunding, our state-owned universities may soon collapse beyond redemption.

“Visitors of state universities had turned establishment of state universities into projects for appeasing electorates in their senatorial and state constituencies, while neglecting the existing state universities.

“Besides non-funding of capital projects, most state governors have also failed in the primary responsibility of regular payment of staff salaries in their universities,” he added.

The coordinator said that the association also rejected the charging of exorbitant tuition fees in the state universities because it places university education beyond the reach of common Nigerians.

On the issue of University Transparency and Accountability Solution, (UTAS ) he explained that the end user acceptability test had been completed and that the union was waiting for the subsequent deployment of UTAS in the management of payroll and personnel systems of the federal universities.

The association also urged the Federal Government to sign and implement the draft ASUU/FGN renegotiated agreement of May, 2021, in addition to the release of the first tranche of the N30 billion fund for the revitalization of public universities.

“The government should also release N25 billion Earned Academic Allowance.

“We also urge the federal government to immediately remit withheld check-off dues to the branches of the withheld and amputated salaries/allowances and third party deductions,” he added.

The coordinator said that the union would always deploy appropriate measures to salvage the Nigerian university system from rot and decay.

He said that the union firmly believes in the use of qualitative education to liberate and transform Nigeria from its current state of underdevelopment.

There are currently 48 state universities in Nigeria, according to the NUC. Only a few of the m have been adjudged viable.

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