Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, says the current funding system of public universities by the federal and state governments in Nigeria is unsustainable.
Speaking at the ongoing 22nd National Delegates Conference of the Academic Staff Union of Universities at the University of Jos, Vice-Chancellor of UNIJOS, Ishaya Tanko said it was inappropriate for the country to have a proliferation of private universities without adequate funding of public universities.
He said that if the trend continued, public universities might soon go the way of public primary and secondary schools, which he noted had become unattractive to the people due to their moribund situations.
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He said the current funding model of the University system is flawed and not sustainable at all.
The National President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, identified sound education, robust health of the citizens and security of lives and property as the tripod upon which modern nations develop.
He called on Nigerians to prevail on the government to live up to its expectation and ensure that the three basic elements of health, education, and security were fixed in the country, adding that Once these basic elements are in place, the rest of the process of a nation’s growth and development becomes auto-piloted.