The National Universities Commission on Monday called on Vice Chancellors to support ongoing efforts by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; the Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to put an end to ongoing strike in the country’s public universities.
The commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, made the call in Abuja during the opening of the 2022 NUC management retreat with vice chancellors of Nigerian universities.
Rasheed said, “Our universities have been confronted with uncertainties due to the unfortunate strike.
“ASUU strike is in the sixth month and, as vice-chancellors, we know the negative consequences of the prolong closure of universities. We know what it means in-terms of its effect on the economy of a nation.
“As vice chancellors, we know what it means in terms of our institutional reputation and the future of our youths.
“University education is fundamental to success and a nation’s economy. Nations explore teaching, research and community development for aspiration of goals.”
Immediately after the opening of the retreat, some of the vice chancellors accompanied Rasheed to a stakeholders’ meeting on the ASUU strike.
When asked if the union would discuss the ongoing strike, the ASUU chairperson said, “That is about the only issue”.