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NUC reiterates mandate to Vice Chancellors- ASUU

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ASUU: NUC reiterates mandate to Vice Chancellors

By Matthew Atungwu

The National Universities Commission (NUC) says it is poised to promote dialogue and constructive engagement with critical stakeholders, as it supervises crisis-free university systems.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Adamu Rasheed stated this in Abuja during the opening session of the 2022 management retreat with Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities organised by the Commission.

Prof. Rasheed said that the retreat must identify and support ongoing efforts by the Minister of Education, Adamu, the Federal Ministry of Education, and other stakeholders, in ensuring stability and putting an end to ongoing strikes in the country’s public universities.

According to the NUC Executive Secretary, “our universities have been confronted with uncertainties due to the unfortunate strike, ASUU strike is in the six month and as vice-chancellors, we know the negative consequences of the prolong closure of universities, we know what it means in terms of it 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”, he added.

He called on the vice-chancellors to ensure that universities fulfill their primary roles and their mandate adding that they must take up the challenge through competence and resolutions.

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“Nigerian universities must fulfill their primary roles and fulfill their extant laws.

Prof. Rasheed affirmed that the National Universities Commission is responsible for the development of universities in Nigeria and it will continue to provide guidance to ensure that students and sponsors get value for their education.

“The NUC sympathizes with the vice-chancellors we know how difficult the task of being a VC is, nobody is happy with the VC of a university, students are not happy that the VC cannot provide electricity, and lecturers are also not happy because their pockets are low even the communities as well, the vice-chancellors face serious challenges and roadblocks to achieve the success of their mandates,” Prof Rasheed said.

He however said that the retreat will feature a wide range discussion of issues from challenges to solutions while the vice-chancellors also come up with recommendations that strengthen the Nigerian university system.

Immediately after the opening session of the retreat, some of the Vice chancellors accompanied the Exec. Sec of NUC to crucial stakeholders’ meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja, to end the 6months old ASUU Strike.

Prof. Rasheed earlier hinted that the retreat will hold for five days having an agenda for vice-chancellors of State and Private universities from Wednesday till Friday.

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