- The National Universities Council have called on the Federal Government to isolate universities from its embargo on employment
- The NUC said the universities across the country are lacking manpower as there are only 100,000 academic staff attending to over 2.1 million students in Nigeria
- According to the NUC, there are also only 170,000 non-academic staff across the various universities of the country
There are only 100,000 academic staff serving over 2.1 million students in Nigerian universities across the country, the National University Commission (NUC) has said.
The commission also called on the Nigerian government to isolate universities from the embargo on new employment for government offices due to its shortage of manpower.
The Punch reports that the deputy executive secretary of NUC (administration), Chris Maiyaki, made this known in the commission's latest bulletin.
Federal government says it shared N5,000 monthly to two million poor Nigerians through Conditional Cash Transfer
Maiyaki said in addition to these 100,000 academic staff, there are 170,000 non-academic staff, attending to 2.1 million Nigerian students.
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Tribune reports that Maiyaki said the NUC is currently supervising over 200 universities consisting of 48 federal government-owned schools; 54 states and 99 private institutions.
He also said that the entire system is in dire need of manpower.
“Some of the problems facing the system include increased running cost, meagre budgetary allocations, issue of power shortages and shortages of manpower."
He also said that the continued interfernce in the NUC’s functions by some professional bodies and associations which have continued to issue needless instructions to universities.
“Other challenges in the Nigerian university system include the issue of digital response to COVID-19 lockdown.”
N75,000 Semester Allowance: FG Set to Unveil Details of Stipend for Education Students in January
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has given an update on the federal government's plan to start giving stipends to education students.
Professor Josiah Ajiboye, the registrar of TRCN, said the details of the semester allowance will be made available to the public in January 2022.
In a bid to attract the best brains to the teaching sector, the federal government had promised to introduce stipends for education students in public universities and other tertiary institutions.
NUC Releases Full List of 198 Approved Federal, State, Private Universities in Nigeria
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has released a full list of all approved federal, state, and private universities in Nigeria.
This was contained in the NUC's bulletin released on Monday, October 18.
The list shows Nigeria currently has 45 federal universities, 54 state universities and 99 private universities, making a total of 198.