NUC Urges For VCs Support To End ASUU Strike

NUC Urges For VCs Support To End ASUU Strike

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu 

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission NUC, Prof. Adamu Rasheed, has called on vice chancellors of Nigerian universities to support the on-going efforts by the federal government to end the on-going strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities,ASUU.

Rasheed who stated this in Abuja during the opening ceremony of the 2022 NUC management retreat with Vice Chancellors on Monday, lamented that the nation’s universities have been confronted with uncertainties due to the strike adding that the strike has negative consequences for not just the education sector but for the country’seconomy.

“We know the negative consequences of the prolong closure of universities. We know what it means in-terms of it’s effect on the economy of a nation. As vice chancellors, we know what it means in-terms of our institutional reputation and the future of our youths.”, he said.

He disclosed that the retreat will feature wide range discussion of issues from challenges to solutions and urged the vice chancellors to come up with recommendations that would strengthen the Nigerian university system.

He also called on them to fulfil their primary roles of teaching as well as take up the challenges of research and community work through competence and resolutions.

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah urged the VCs to ensure transparency and accountability in the application of the school’s resources as well as  ensure creative mobilization of alternative sources of funding, enhanced access to university education; and the production of graduates with relevant 21st Century skills, expertise and competencies to meet the need of the contemporary world of work.

“It is the responsibility of Vice-Chancellors to manage the day-to-day administration of the university. Nevertheless, it is also practical to work with University Councils, where constituted, towards the actualization of given mandates, in the interest of the institutions,” he said.

While calling for support from the VCs to ensure the growth of the university system, the minister expressed hope that the retreat will provide the necessary platform for positive discussions that will facilitate maximum understanding of  individual responsibilities, the challenges facing the university system and at the same time, proffer the way forward.

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