“The Nigerian university system is sick” — ASUU ex-chairman

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[Anambra]–Dr. Dipo Fashina, former National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that the Nigerian University System is sick as a result of poor funding from the government.

He made this known while delivering a lecture entitled ‘Tertiary Education in Nigeria: Funding and Academic Standard’,  at the 8th Convocation lecture series of Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Anambra State on Thursday.

He noted that the problem of funding had been politicised, adding that the lack of allocation for capital development had adversely affected many public universities.

He said the Federal government has failed to make education a priority through adequate funding, which according to him, is the solution to reviving the standard of education in the country.

He cited Ebonyi State University, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam and Enugu State University of Technology as examples of public Universities which has not been adequately funded.

“For instance, no capital allocation was released to Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, from 2012 to 2016 and Enugu State University of Technology from 2012 to 2015.

“The Nigerian University system is sick; many of these universities are worse than others.

“You do not develop a university by only paying workers but by releasing allocations for projects.

“The funding of state universities is useless and those in position to advice the politicians have failed to call them to order”, he said.

He added that “the promotion of private universities had led to the abandonment of hostel projects, road network, accommodation, electricity and water projects in public universities.”

In a remark, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Fidelis Okafor, commended Fashina for delivering the lecture, as he expressed hope that the lecture would give advantage to university administration in the country.

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