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ASUU’s contribution to varsity education inestimable, VC insists

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Prof. Sebastian Maimako, has admitted that whatever achievements made by any university in the country are through the efforts of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Speaking at the weekend while commissioning the 1,000-capacity Lecture Theatre built by UNIJOS chapter of ASUU for the institution, Maimako pointed out that without ASUU’s support, the universities would not have achieved much in academics, infrastructure and other areas because most of the projects in the ivory towers were funded by TETFund through ASUU.

“All these are struggles of ASUU. ASUU has really created what we are today and its struggles will also be there to continue to create the future,” he noted.

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Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Tanko Ishaya, the VC congratulated ASUU on the feat.

Chairman of ASUU in the institution, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, said the over-riding motivation for the sacrifice and intervention of ASUU members to contribute N63.2 million from their meagre salaries to construct the twin lecture theatre rested on the fact that the Nigerian university education system was bedevilled by gross infrastructural deficit to which the government seemingly showed very little concern.

Maigoro explained that lack of adequate infrastructure for quality teaching and learning was among the reasons the union went on strike.

His words, “Our union has always impressed it on the Federal Government the need to inject more funds into the university system to address the systemic decay. Rather than see us as partners in the pursuit of quality education in Nigeria, we are seen as clogs in the educational system’s wheel of progress.”

In his goodwill message, president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said, “This is the first time in the history of university education since 1948 that a campus-based union would conceive, implement and deliver a project of this magnitude for the use of staff and students of a university in Nigeria.

“The cost of this building was put at N63.2 million. All of this came as voluntary donations from the paltry, irregular and sometimes amputated salaries of ASUU members.”

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