The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disagreed with Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige’s claim that he had done what many could not do to forestall strikes by university lecturers, Oyogist reports.
The union also stated that N1.6 trillion paid annually as tuition by Nigerians in foreign schools is huge enough to fix the problems of the nation’s university system.
President of the union, Emmanuel Osodeke, said this during a meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja late Wednesday evening.
The meeting attended by presidents and general secretaries of all affiliate unions of the NLC was convened to deliberate on the state of education among other issues.
Osodoke lamented that the nation’s education system was fast deteriorating and falling below global standards.
He also said that a situation where 90 per cent of a university’s staff members come from its catchment area or region was a major impediment to the improvement of the education sector.