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How to end ongoing crises in varsities, by Academy of Medicine

By Chukwuma Muanya (Lagos), Kanayo Umeh (Abuja) and Rauf Oyewole (Bauchi)
01 April 2022   |   4:01 am
Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria (AMSN) has proffered solutions to some of the crises rocking the nation’s universities.

ASUU faults Pantami, NITDA DG on UTAS as NASU protests deduction
Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria (AMSN) has proffered solutions to some of the crises rocking the nation’s universities.

In a statement, signed by its President and Professor of Anatomy and Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist, Oladapo Ashiru, the academy noted that funding remains central to issues plaguing the institutions.

It made several recommendations including true university autonomy, where institutions can genuinely fund themselves without necessarily living off federal or state governments, and introduction of tuition fees for regular students, to shore up revenue available to universities.

It called for improvement in the salaries and allowances of members of the Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities, saying: “Earning the equivalent of $2,000 five years ago and now $1,000, with the progressive and continuing increase in cost of living, is not something to be proud of.”

The Academy added: “In the best interest of the government, ASUU and other unions in the university and the populace, realistic solutions devoid of long-term held sentiments are the only way out of the current and constant crises in the Nigerian university system. We, therefore, plead for an urgent return to dialogue to put an end to these.”

THIS came as the National Examinations Council (NECO) branch of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) kicked against Federal Government’s deduction of 25 per cent from its Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The union, in a letter to Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, called for immediate stop to the deductions.

In the letter, signed by NECO branch Secretary, Comrade Reuben Emdin, the union said the deduction has taken a huge toll on finances of the examination body and staff welfare.

ALSO, the ASUU branch of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, accused Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, of deliberately attempting to disqualify the homegrown payment platform, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS).

In a statement, on Thursday, the chairman of the branch, Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, said: “It is imperative to note that NITDA’s Technical Team, in a previous assessment, after conducting a comprehensive functionality test reported that out of 687 test cases, 529 cases were satisfactory, 156 cases queried, and two cases cautioned, representing 77 per cent pass.

“After successful assessment, the NITDA report revealed that the software scored 77 per cent. How can 77 per cent be reported as a failure? This is the question well-meaning Nigerians should demand answers to.”