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THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has once more commenced mobilisation of its members for an additional nationwide strike. Its nationwide president, Emmanuel Osodeke, mentioned the union has continued to provide the federal government a protracted rope as regards its calls for. It shall be fairly unlucky if the federal government, like in earlier years, permits the union to embark on a strike that may shut down the system.

Previous strikes within the final 4 years adopted the federal government’s failure to implement the 2020 MoA, and the failure to undertake the University Transparency and Accountability Solution for salaries and allowances. Other niggles are the failure to launch the Earned Academic Allowances for lecturers, enhance welfare, fund college revitalisation, and educational autonomy.

These are all germane to the event of tertiary establishments, but the Federal Government continues to show insensitivity to the plight of the schools, the workers, and particularly of scholars.

The authorities should discover the funds. It ought to do that by reducing luxuries and waste elsewhere.

It is a query of priorities. Education ought to appeal to the mandatory funding. But insensitive as ever, political leaders are continuously photographed celebrating the matriculation or commencement of their youngsters in abroad universities. Just a few go for native high-priced personal universities. They have misplaced religion in Nigeria’s public schooling system. It displays the nation’s poor management. Though the political leaders are entrusted with the ability to rework the sector, they refuse to take action.

Many, together with this newspaper, had lengthy urged ASUU to undertake different methods past the harmful strike possibility. While the dons mustn’t quit on this, their persistent rebuttal that they’re coping with deaf and uncaring management has gained them large sympathy.

Students and fogeys/guardians who as soon as deplored ASUU’s frequent strikes at the moment are staging peaceable protests throughout the nation condemning the federal government’s irresponsibility. They mustn’t relent.

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The authorities should honour its agreements, pay lecturers’ EAA and revitalise the deplorable tertiary schooling sector. According to the Centre for World University Rankings’ 2022 report, no Nigerian college is among the many world’s high 1,000 universities. The University of Ibadan was ranked 1,172; the University of Nigeria positioned 1,775. But Cairo University was ranked 531; the University of Johannesburg, 629.

Nigerian universities undergo from underfunding and are under-equipped in materials and human assets. Frequent shutdowns and subsequent rushed educating and examinations additionally decrease requirements.

ASUU’s calls for embody reviewing the proliferation of universities. The authorities and the National Assembly ought to cease the irrational creation of upper establishments.

Everywhere, it takes years of preparation and planning to ascertain one; however Nigeria’s flippant politicians whimsically create universities, polytechnics, and faculties of schooling. They “upgrade” faculties to universities “with immediate effect.” The reckless political class has turned larger establishments into constituency tasks. This is primitive and counterproductive.

It is absurd that the Federal Government, which can’t service a long-standing MoA of N1.2 trillion, is busy establishing specialised universities for the Army, Navy, and Air Force individually. The Nigeria Police additionally has its college. Nigeria established the Nigeria Defence Academy in 1964 and it may be upgraded to fulfill the manpower wants of the nation.

Nigeria ought to commit extra assets to the improve of public universities. Its behaviour is hurting the youth. A brand new coverage enacted by the United Kingdom: ‘High Potential Individual Visa,’ would now exclude Nigerian graduates from qualifying to use for jobs within the UK primarily based on the requirement that graduates should be from universities within the high 50 international rankings, studies GOV.UK.

The Federal Government ought to subsequently fund the schools appropriately and pay commensurate wages to the lecturers. It ought to agree with the union and faithfully implement a phased launch of the revitalisation fund. The authorities can look past the conventional annual budgeting appropriation course of to lift the cash. It ought to go the additional mile because it does for safety funding.



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