A week-long national education summit organized by the four unions in Nigerian public-owned universities has ended in Abuja with a resolution rejecting the use of public funds on private educational institutions in the country.
The unions are the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, (NASU) the National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, (SSANU).
The unions agreed that chronic underfunding; bad leadership, infrastructural decay, poor conditions of learning and service as well as the promotion of mediocrity and shortage of personnel characterize the current educational system.
“It rejects the ongoing systematic privatization of education and the selling off of public educational institutions. On no account should public funds should as TETFund, PTDF amongst others be used to fund private educational institutions and associated enterprises.”
The unions further observed that there is a state of emergency in the country’s educational sector and as such there is a need for urgent and radical actions to address it.
He further stated, “The summit condemns corruption, lack of professionalism, poor and opportunistic leadership, unethical conduct, and such other behaviours that impinge on the learning environment and the integrity of teaching and research.”
The unions however resolved to popularize the resolutions, outcomes and charter of the education summit by working with committed individuals, groups and organisations for their actualize
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