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ASUU urges FG to declare emergency on education sector

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• SERAP sues Ondo govt, AAU over fee increase
• Elizade varsity seeks TETFUND for private institutions 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to declare a state of emergency in the country’s education sector without further delay.It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigerian children were exposed to global educational standards just as his children had abroad.

Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Dr. Deji Omole, who stated this in Ibadan at the weekend, added that it has become imperative to remind the minister that the future of the children of the masses must not be used to play politics.

He wondered why in the last week of April, the plan to declare state of emergency in the sector had not been perfected, as earlier pronounced by the minister.ASUU said it was sad for a government that had failed to improve access to quality education for Nigerian youths who are yearning for education to state that the same youth were lazy and waiting for freebies. 

“What has the government done to salvage the condition of 12 million out-of-school children in Nigeria? What has the government done to ensure employment for over 16 million unemployed Nigerians? He asked.

He cautioned that if the government fails to attend to the needs of the youth, they would become a nightmare for the country in future.ASUU recalled that the minister had raised the hope of declaring emergency in the educational sector in April apparently to proffer solutions to the low quality of education being offered Nigerian children.

In a related development, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAU) and the Ondo State government led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over increase in tuition fee at the institution.

It also accused the institution and the state government of abuse of power, lack of free, prior, and informed consultation, as well as a fundamental breach of legitimate expectations of students.”The suit, filed at the High Court of Ondo State, Akure, during the weekend, named AAU and the state government as first and second defendants.
     
In the suit filed by Timothy Adewale and Olaniji Olabinjo on behalf of SERAP, the group is seeking a declaration that the action of the defendants was arbitrary and unfair and a clear breach of their legal duty to be fair, among others.

Meanwhile, the ELIZADE University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State has urged the Federal Government to extend the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to private institutions in the country and give automatic employment to first class graduates.

Registrar of the institution and Chairman, Convocation Planning Committee, Omololu Adegbenro said this at a press conference to herald its second convocation ceremony. 
Adegbenro lamented the non-inclusion of private institutions in the country as beneficiaries of TETFUND, saying the cost of running university education was becoming too overbearing for the proprietors.


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