NUC Urges VCs Support To End ASUU Strike

NUC Urges VCs Support To End ASUU Strike

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Adamu Rasheed has called on vice chancellors to support the ongoing efforts by the federal government to end the 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 yesterday, lamented that universities have been confronted with uncertainties due to the strike.

He added that the strike has negative consequences for not just the education sector, but for the economy.

“We know the negative consequences of the prolonged closure of universities. We know what it means in-terms of its 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 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.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, urged the VCs to ensure transparency and accountability in the application of schools resources, as well as ensure creative mobilization of alternative sources of funding, enhanced access to university education; production of graduates with relevant 21st century skills, expertise and competencies to meet the needs of the contemporary world of work.

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 a maximum understanding of individual responsibilities, challenges facing the university system and at the same time, proffer the way forward.

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