Written by Godfrey AKON

Stop proliferation of varsities, ASUU urges FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has urged both federal and state governments to stop the proliferation of universities in the country.

ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an exclusive interview with a daily newspaper in Abuja, said what the country needs is for government to address the rot in the education sector.

Ogunyemi urged the Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, to fix the myriads of problems confronting the sector as he begins his second term.

“The proliferation of universities by both Federal and state governments should stop. What Nigeria needs, for now, is to address the rot and decay in existing public universities and expand spaces to accommodate more prospective students. Governments should stop creating universities they have no plan to fund,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian universities, SSANU has enjoined Adamu to initiate a review of the laws establishing the university system.

National Public Relations Officer of SSANU, Abdussobur Salaam alleged that “The current laws in the universities are such that they make appointments of vice chancellors highly ethnicised and localised, thereby reducing global reckoning and standing. The laws also create monsters out of vice chancellors who become a leviathan in the universities they administer rather than being first amongst equals.”

Salaam said “the existing laws also created skewed representation in the running of the affairs of the university among all stakeholders and a non- democratic culture where only one group determines everything that goes on in the system.”

 

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