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ASUU Condemns FG's Dissolution of University Governing Boards

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ASUU Condemns FG's Dissolution of University Governing Boards
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed its displeasure over the Federal Government's decision to dissolve the governing boards in universities across Nigeria. ASUU described the move as obnoxious and called for its immediate reversal. The union highlighted that the dissolution of the councils without completing their tenures and without due recourse to university laws is a disservice to Nigerian universities.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the federal government's decision to dissolve the governing boards in universities across Nigeria. The move has drawn widespread criticism from ASUU, who described it as an obnoxious decision that should be reversed immediately.

The dissolution of the councils without completing their tenures of office and without due recourse to the university laws is considered "extremely unpleasant" by ASUU. The union believes that the move is a disservice to Nigerian universities and the education sector as a whole.

Comrade Christopher Piwuna, the national vice chairman of ASUU, emphasized the negative impact of the decision during a speech given at the Joseph Sarwuaan Tarka University Makurdi (JOSTUM) in Benue State. He expressed disappointment towards the government for disregarding the university laws and the importance of completing the tenures of the governing boards.

In another development, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced a significant increase in school fees, sparking concerns among students and parents. According to a circular shared on social media, students without Lab/Studio use will now pay N100,750, while students with Lab/Studio use will pay N140,250. Medical students will face the highest fee, with N190,250.

Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, the Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, disclosed the proposed fees during a meeting with representatives of non-teaching staff unions. The sudden increase in fees has raised questions about affordability and access to higher education for students from lower-income backgrounds.

In yet another development, members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State, have embarked on an indefinite strike. The strike hinges on the non-implementation of promotion arrears, unpaid academic allowances, and poor working conditions.

Comrade Agada Franklin, the chairman of ASUP, and the general secretary, Justin, signed a joint communique explaining the reasons behind the strike. The lecturers are concerned about the lack of progress in addressing their grievances, which ultimately affects the quality of education provided at the polytechnic.

The ASUU and ASUP developments highlight the ongoing challenges faced by the education sector in Nigeria. The discontent among university and polytechnic staff, along with the increase in fees, raises concerns about the accessibility and quality of education for Nigerian students.

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