WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Because public universities in Nigeria have been shut for over a month over funding dispute.Several high-level meetings between belligerents have been deadlocked, increasing students’ agony. Frequent closure of public universities for sundry reasons partly explains declining standards of public education and the upsurge in the number of private universities in the country.
A meeting to resolve dispute between the federal government and Academic Staff of Union of Universities (ASUU), which has resulted in the closure of public universities since November 4, has ended in a deadlock.
Two earlier meetings to end the strike by the university teachers and resolve longstanding disagreement over university funding and the non-implementation of previous ASUU-Federal government agreements, were similarly deadlocked.
The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, told journalists after the Tuesday meeting, which was held at the federal ministry of education, Abuja, that parties to the dispute were yet to reach agreement on thorny issues in the disagreement.
According to him, ”For now, we have started to discuss, we are yet to reach any concrete decision. Once we have more information, we will make ourselves available to the press.”
He assured journalists that doors had not been closed to future parley with the government, hoping that both parties will meet again soon.
At the Tuesday meeting, the Nigerian government was represented by the minister for education, Adamu Adamu, the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, Sunny Echono, and representatives of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Income, Wages, and Salaries Commission.