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ASUU rejects private varsities as TETFund beneficiaries

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ((ASUU), Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, has kicked against including private universities as beneficiaries of the Tertiary Education…

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ((ASUU), Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, has kicked against including private universities as beneficiaries of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) intervention funds.

Osodeke, who spoke at a two-day interactive session between TETFund and all unions of beneficiary institutions, said such a move would lead to the proliferation of private universities devoid of quality.

He, however, urged the fund to work more on the monitoring method of its projects across the country, stressing that the level of performance by beneficiary institutions was not in tandem with the amount of money received.

He also called on TETFund to apply sanctions on non-performing institutions and advocate the abolition of what he referred to as “stakeholders’ fund”.

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“ASUU will continue to embark on strike until the right thing is done in our tertiary institutions. Stakeholders fund should be abolished,” he said.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, an architect, disclosed that the interactive session was conceived as a proactive engagement against the backdrop of the prevailing challenges in the subsector.

Echono noted that the engagement was also for the purpose of sustaining steady growth and development of tertiary education.

He noted that their primary mandate was to rehabilitate, restore and consolidate tertiary education in Nigeria, using funding alongside project management.

Delivering a paper entitled, “The Role of Trade Unions in TETFund Intervention Activities,” the former President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, commended the fund for its commitment to the elevation of university education and experience for lecturers, non-academic workers and students in various campuses all over the country.

 

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