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ASUU must work to rebuild our university academic standard – Garba

By Guardian Nigeria
16 November 2021   |   2:59 pm
The leadership of ASUU is gradually becoming the single most destructive cabal for the eradication of quality education in Nigeria. Based on the union's antecedents in recent years, its appears they are always striking for money not for innovative learning. I don’t know why such kind of union still exist when we are not a…

The leadership of ASUU is gradually becoming the single most destructive cabal for the eradication of quality education in Nigeria.

Based on the union’s antecedents in recent years, its appears they are always striking for money not for innovative learning. I don’t know why such kind of union still exist when we are not a communist state.

ASUU, a union saddled with the responsibility of leading and managing the affairs of Nigeria’s university system for decades, unfortunately, has yet been unable to produce or provide better learning program that can build our economy through innovation.
Zero research!

Mortgaging the future of Nigerian students, by giving them obsolete course contents as subject of learning, rather than thinking outside the box and coming up with a curriculum that will produce graduates with solutions to Nigerians current economic woes.

But the reverse seems to be the case, all the union spends it’s time doing is to ask for money, money and more money from each new government in power.

In March 2020, the ASUU went on strike after a dispute related to a new payroll system which in my own understanding will aid enshrine accountability, eliminate ghost workers and enthrone transparency.

The effect of ASUU strikes has been devastating to the Nigerian university system by watering down the quality of education offered to Nigerian students which has at best been mediocre. The academic performance of students is adversely affected, and the entire educational system is almost crippled.

A little chat I had with someone recently, gave me insight to the fact that, it is much more easier to make money through becoming a University Vice Chancellor than even a State Governor. Most State and Federal Nigerian University’s annual budgets and revenue almost equals that of some state governments.

ASUU must always be reminded that one out of its many objectives is the protection and advancement of the socio-economic interest of our nation.

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) as a trade union and a union of intellectuals must cease to be a pressure group seeking not only the socio-political and economic/welfare interest of its members but must also work assuidously, within the framework of promoting the cause of university education in Nigeria, for the entire good of Nigerians and Nigeria.

The leadership of ASUU must work at revitalising our university system particularly its outdated academic curriculum, create policies that fully support mandatory research and development especially on emerging areas like Information technology, architectural designs for highways and structures, renewable energy, Vaccines etc. Work also at amending the laws of creation of university, that for instance, before any new university is formed, the persons behind setting up the institution must to a reasonable extent, have sufficient funding, partners possibly from Public Private Partnerships, adequate infrastructure training equipments and qualified lecturers to run a university.

Also, I must point out that, striking at each giving interval is not in the best interest of our nation

Also, I believe that funding for infrastructures, Research and Development for Nigerian Universities must not always come from the Government, but can also be sourced from foreign well know and established individuals, also from local and international organisations.

The leadership of Prof Victor Osodeke, ASUU President, must lead effectively by focusing on rebuilding and revitalising our university system, and by embarking on a Needs Assessment Program to ensure that our University System produces quality lecturers and graduates and in addition work towards making our universities an epicenter of the best state of art infrastructures, facilities, lecture Materials, Tech Labs, Medical Labs, and Teaching Equipments.

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