The Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) has again warned the federal and state governments to stop creating new public universities in the country, saying it is not necessary at present and in a near future.
Union president Professor Emmanuel Osodeke made the claim in an interview with Tribune Online.
He said governments at the federal and state levels are not sincere about the need for additional public universities.
According to him, practically all the existing public universities in the country are underfunded, a situation which causes frequent friction between the union and the government.
Citing an example, he said all public universities now rely primarily on money from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to fund their activities simply because governments have relinquished those roles for the agency.
He noted that the nine federal universities that were established in 2013 are still crawling eight years later because, according to him, they are poorly funded, just like the ones that came before them, and yet the government at the federal and state levels is creating a lot of them. more.
The ASUU boss argued that the country’s political leaders have no real interest in establishing universities other than using them to score cheap political points among their constituents with the aim of re-electing them to the to be able to.
He said: “Many of them think only of what they will gain personally and for their families without worrying about what might become of the generality of people by this action, let alone the country as a whole.”
He said it was disheartening that Nigerian universities weren’t attracted to foreign students when politicians and their cohorts see no such thing, continue to send their own children abroad and pay tuition fees. huge hard currency.
He said this was part of the reason why the ASUU is currently proposing a bill in the National Assembly to oblige all public office holders at the federal and state levels not to send their children to study abroad and to bring home those who are already educated abroad.
“We believe that if their children are homeschooled and feel the same warmth as their peers from poor homes, they would be interested in taking up our academic challenges,” he said.
He said it was the right time for the Nigerian people to join ASUU in preventing the government from continuing the proliferation of public universities in the country.
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