The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) has stated that it will continue to go on strikes until the government fulfills their demands.
Additionally, the union opposes the inclusion of private universities as beneficiaries of the projects by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the President of ASUU, expressed this stance during a two-day interactive session between TETFund and all unions of beneficiary institutions.
Osodeke emphasized that allowing private universities to benefit from the fund’s projects would result in an increase in low-quality institutions.
While commending TETFund for their efforts, he urged them to improve their monitoring methods to ensure consistent performance across all beneficiary institutions.
He also called for sanctions against underperforming institutions and the abolition of certain practices.
According to him, “ASUU will continue to embark on strike until the right thing is done in our tertiary institutions. Stakeholders fund should be abolished”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, disclosed that the interactive session was conceived as a proactive engagement against the backdrop of the prevailing challenges in the sub-sector.
Echono noted that the engagement was also for the purpose of sustaining steady growth and development of tertiary education while stressing the need to consistently engage and challenge one another on how best to improve the situation.
“It is our fervent hope that this interactive session will provide an enabling environment for us to understand some of our challenges and difficulties in the delivery of quality education in our institutions and thereby make meaningful contribution to the successful execution of the objective of the Fund.
“As you all know our primary mandate is to rehabilitate, restore and consolidate Tertiary Education in Nigeria, using funding alongside project management.
“The session is also expected to serve as a platform to discuss and mitigate incidences of industrial disputes in the tertiary education sector and look at ways to prevent and avoid their occurrences,” he said.