Body Of Vice-Chancellors Urges Federal Govt To Honour Agreement With ASUU, Fund Education Over Strike

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Body Of Vice-Chancellors Urges Federal Govt To Honour Agreement With ASUU, Fund Education Over Strike

Body of vice-chancellors has urge the Federal Government to honour agreement with ASUU, fund education over strike, The Nation report.

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CvCNU) has urged the Federal Government to honour agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to end the one month warning strike declared by university lecturers.

The body of vice-chancellors expressed regret that the nation’s public universities are witnessing another strike action resulting from a trade dispute with the unions by the federal government.

Arising from its 80th General Assembly meeting in Abuja, the CVCNU urged the Federal Government to provide adequate funds for the revitalisation of universities in the country.

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Chairman of the body, Prof Samuel Edoumiekumo, who addressed reporters at the meeting, said the government must fund education properly if Nigerian universities must compete globally.

Part of the resolution of the body reads: “Members expressed regret that the nation’s public universities are witnessing another strike action resulting from a trade dispute with the unions.

“It expressed the need for the Federal Government to be proactive and dialogue with the leadership of the union to ensure an amicable resolution of the crisis. At the heart of the dispute is the public universities’ funding, which members noted is grossly inadequate by the Government at the Federal and State Levels.

“The meeting noted that the public universities might not absorb the consequences of another prolonged strike by the union if the outstanding issues are not quickly resolved.

“We therefore urged the government to fund our universities. It is very important if we really want to compete favourably with our sister universities overseas. We need to fund our universities very well. That is very important. If the government wants to be sincere, it knows that our universities require funding.

“If you reach an agreement, you need to fulfill it. If there are areas that the government is not comfortable with it can always call the union to it. But if you are not fulfilling agreements people will not take you seriously.

“We are appealing to the government to support the university system so that we can build our universities like other universities elsewhere.”

The body also decried the issue of illegal admissions into universities.

CVCNU agreed to draw the attention of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof Is-haq Oloyede to the matter and see how it can be curbed.

It lamented the embargo placed on recruitment into federal universities, adding that the committee would do constant follow up to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari who is the visitor to the universities, grants the request to lift the embargo.