OrderPaperToday – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against the establishment of more tertiary institutions in the country and posited that existing institutions should rather, be strengthened for optimal performance.
The union made this position known on Thursday in Abuja over a bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of federal university of technology, Asaba in Delta State; and a bill for an Act to provide for establishment of federal college of education, Keana in Nasarawa State.
Represented by its Abuja zonal coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, ASUU said lawmakers appear to have reduced the establishment of universities to constituency projects.
He said ASUU strongly opposes the establishment of the proposed university in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
In his submission, President of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Comrade Samson Ugwuoke, represented by the association’s National Financial Secretary, Mohammed Aliyu, argued that the management of tertiary institutions in the country is the challenge bedeviling the country.
According to him, “we are not saying we don’t want the establishment of more universities but managing them is the problem.”
Supporting SSANU, President of College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Nuhu Ogirima, expressed worries that the situation with tertiary education in the country is encouraging brain drain.
While the bill for the establishment of federal college of education, Keana in Nasarawa State, is sponsored by Mr. Nalaraba Abubakar, that of the proposed Asaba institution is sponsored by the minority leader of the House, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu.
Mr. Elumelu noted in his submission that the establishment of federal university of technology will be the first in the south-south region of the country.
Earlier, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who was represented by Chief Whip of the House, Mohammed Monguno, explained that the bill will enable potential students to gain admission to pursue their desired careers.
On his part, chairman of the House committee on Education and Services, Mr. Aminu Suleiman, said the bill if passed into law will ameliorate the the challenges faced by applicants who are unable to gain admission into tertiary institutions in the country owing to unavailable facilities to accommodate them.