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Why State Universities May Lose Benefits – Stakeholders

Some stakeholders have expressed concern over the possible resolution of the Federal Government and ASUU impasse even as some state universities are pulling out of the strike.

The stakeholders expressed their concern in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

They state universities that pulled out of the strike might likely stand the risk of losing some benefits from the Federal Government and ASUU.


Prof. Stephen Onah, the former Executive Director, National Mathematical Centre said the struggle of ASUU was for public universities of which state universities were part of.

“If state universities pull out, the Federal Government will eventually withdraw from using the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) to support them.’’

“Education is in concurrent list and ASUU as a body argued for the state’s universities to be included in TETfund funding at inception.

“State universities will end up losing more than ASUU as a body. Most State governors are very conscious of this fact.

“The ASUU will obviously suffer a temporary setback,” Onah said.

Similarly, Dr Olatunji Jekayinfa, a Research Fellow, National Mathematical Centre said the inability of the Federal Government and ASUU to agree and end the strike was a source of worry to well-meaning Nigerians.

Jekayinfa said that for a period of more than seven months, the strike had remained unabated “and is now a national disgrace’’.

“Some states ASUU are calling off the strike and resuming academic activities.

“The implication of this is that students of state universities will be back to school and will have advantage over Federal universities students.

“But in the contrary, state university lecturers may be the overall losers at the end of the day.

“Especially if the state governments are incapacitated to provide for their lecturers the benefits that the Federal university lecturers stand to enjoy after the strike,” he said.

Jekayinfa said that with time and no matter how long, the issue would be resolved and the striking lecturers would go back to classrooms.


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