BREAKING: ASUU Strike Looms as Tinubu's Govt Accused of Nonchalant Attitude to Education

BREAKING: ASUU Strike Looms as Tinubu's Govt Accused of Nonchalant Attitude to Education

  • ASUU has issued President Bola Ahmed Tinubu a two-week ultimatum to reinstate the dissolved governing councils of Nigerian universities
  • reports that since President Tinubu dissolved the councils last June, the universities have operated without governing councils
  • The dissolution affected all public institutions, including polytechnics and colleges of education

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FCT, Abuja - The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday, May 14, threatened a nationwide strike.

As reported by The Punch, the union criticised the failure of the federal government of Nigeria to appoint governing councils for federal universities.

ASUU strike 2024 imminent
Nigerian students could be forced to stay at home again as ASUU threatens to go on strike. Photo credits: @Flexyeffiong, @KAFTAN_TV
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Per Leadership newspaper in a report on Tuesday, May 14, President Bola Tinubu’s administration had in June 2023 dissolved the governing councils of federal universities in the country.

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Federal universities have been running without governing councils for the past eleven months and that has seemed to cause crises in some institutions.

ASUU faulted what it described as the alleged nonchalant attitude of the Tinubu-led administration to matters about academics in the nation's federal universities.

ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, said:

“No university in the whole world can be allowed to run for a whole year without governing councils that are saddled with the responsibility of managing the funds of such University."

Furthermore, the body of academics, during the press briefing at the ASUU's national secretariat in the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), faulted the 35 percent salary increment for professors and the 25 per cent salary addition for other academics in the university system.

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46 Nigerian professors, others, die earlier reported that ASUU, Abuja zone, said no fewer than 46 professors and lecturers have died in tertiary institutions in the area — primarily due to the current hardship being experienced in Nigeria.

The body said the lecturers' deaths can also be attributed to the 'poor remuneration' of academics and unfavourable working conditions in the country.


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