ASUU kicks As NASS Pushes For Establishment Of 186 Varsities

ASUU kicks As NASS Pushes For Establishment Of 186 Varsities

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has kicked against the initiation of new bills for the creation of new universities in Nigeria.

ASUU wondered why the government would push for the creation of new universities while ignoring the existing ones currently in dilapidated states.

Saturday PUNCH reports that the National Universities Commission, the regulatory body of universities in Nigeria, puts the total number of federal universities at 49; state-owned universities, 55, and private-owned universities, 99.

Though the NUC had earlier argued that the number of universities and lecturers in the country might not be enough to cater for the academic needs of Nigerians, ASUU told the government to focus on fixing the existing universities and the entire university system.

An analysis conducted by our correspondent, however, revealed that since the ninth National Assembly came into power in 2019, no fewer than 186 bills had been initiated for the establishment of new universities.

In 2019 for instance, a total of 48 bills were initiated for the creation of new universities; there was a drop in 2020 when only 43 bills for new universities were pushed. Further analysis of total bills passed in 2021, however, revealed that no fewer than 80 bills were pushed for the establishment of new universities.

Source: PUNCH 

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