Last week, I engaged in an online Twitter chat hosted by Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” about our lingering two-month Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU) strike.
Here are the three main points I raised on #ASUUchat @AJStream:
- The ASUU strike has gone on long enough: It is time for our Federal Government to act. The ASUU is striking due to the government’s failure to implement the 2009 agreement reached with the union. An agreement is an agreement. If higher education is truly a Nigerian priority then it is time to resolve this strike.
- However, the Federal Government cannot fund higher education alone: Universities must also diversify their funding streams by seeking private sector & alumni funding to become self-sustaining.
- Transparency & corruption also a problem: Appropriations must be transparent at the university level to ensure funds are being utilised properly.
It is time for the Federal Government and our universities to reform themselves by providing leadership through proper funding & transparency. The next generation of Nigerians are depending on it!
These are my concerns… but I am also very interested in hearing from you! Thanks.