NUC Seeks VCs’ Support To End ASUU Strike
The Executive Secretary, National Universities’ Commission (NUC) Professor Abubakar Rasheed, has urged Nigerian universities’ Vice-Chancellors to help government end the current strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Rasheed made the call in Abuja on Monday at the 2022 Retreat for Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities’ and Directors of Inter-university Centres.
He described university education as fundamental to the success of any economy.
According to him, nations all over the world explore teaching, research and community service to the developing of technical resources for the development of aspirations and goals.
He, therefore, said that there was the need to put in place measures, identify challenges and come up with solutions to reposition the university system.
“This year’s retreat is bordering on area of threat and uncertainty in our public universities, due to the unfortunate strike, especially as ASUU is in its sixth months now. And as vice-chancellors, we have a deep understanding of the negative consequences of the prolonged closure of universities.
Rasheed also said that the commission had been involved in comprehensive curriculum review and had created many new academic programmes in the university system.
He identified data science, analytics and mobile communication as programmes now added to the family of information technology in the universities.
He said that the commission had also unbundled a number of programmes, especially in Mass Communication and Agriculture to provide for independent degree programmes.
He charged them to fulfil their primary role and their mandate, while sympathising with them on how difficult their role is especially during the currently strike.
He charged them to make use of the retreat to open up the problems and challenges in the system while coming up with recommendations that would strengthen the Nigerian universities system.