ASUU Urges the NASS to Pass the NUC Act Amendment Bill.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the National Assembly to pass a bill amending the National Universities Commission Act in order to address the proliferation of state universities NewsReport gathered.
Prof. Abdulkadir Muhammad, the Union’s Kano Zone coordinator, made the call at a press conference held on Friday at Bayero University Kano.
Muhammad, who advocated for the bill’s passage, also urged university visitors to live up to their responsibilities.
“We are urging the National Assembly to consider and pass the Bill as soon as possible. Our state-owned universities may soon be beyond repair due to poor governance and underfunding.
“Visitors of state universities had turned establishment of state universities into projects for appeasing electorates in their senatorial and state constituencies, while neglecting the existing state universities.
“Besides non funding of capital projects , most state governors have also failed in the primary responsibility of regular payment of staff salaries in their universities,” he added.
The coordinator said that the association also rejected the charging of exorbitant tuition fees in the state universities because it places university education beyond the reach of common Nigerians.
On the issue of University Transparency and Accountability Solution ( UTAS ), he explained that end user acceptability test had been completed and that the union was waiting for the subsequent deployment of UTAS in the management of payroll and personnel systems of the federal universities.
The association also urged the Federal Government to sign and implement the draft ASUU/FGN renegotiated agreement of May , 2021, in addition to the release of the first tranche of the N30 billion fund for the revitalization of public universities.
“The government should also release N25 billion Earned Academic Allowance.
“ We also urge the federal government to immediately remit withheld check-off dues to the branches of the withheld and amputated salaries/allowances and third party deductions.,” he added.
The coordinator said that the Union would always deploy appropriate measures to salvage the Nigerian university system from rot and decay.
He said that the union firmly believes in the use of qualitative education to liberate and transform Nigeria from its current state of underdevelopment.