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Funding varsities constitutional, FG can't stop, says ASUU

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The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, says Federal Government cannot totally back out from funding universities.

Speaking during a television programme, Osodeke said it is clearly stated in the Constitution that the Federal Government must fund public universities.

He was reacting to a report where the Minister of Education Professor Tahir Mamman, was quoted to have said the Federal Government will initiate new ways of funding tertiary education by granting full autonomy to universities to explore new sources of financing their activities.

While the ASUU boss remained cautious about speculating on the government’s intentions, he noted that if the law is followed to run university operations without any interference from bureaucrats, there would be little to worry about in terms of funding.

He added that if Nigeria commits greater allocation to education like countries in Europe are doing, the universities will have enough funds to run its activities.

The ASUU don also believes that allowing universities to function autonomously, following the provisions of the law, could result in an effective higher education system in Nigeria.


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