Vice Chancellors urge Fed administration to engage in dialogue

The General Assembly of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has urged the federal government to engage in dialogue with the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing crisis.

CVCNU Secretary-General Professor Yakubu Ochefu made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its 80th meeting on March 10, 2022.

He said Nigerian universities would not be able to withstand the effects of a prolonged strike.

The communiqué said: “Members expressed their regret that the country’s public universities are witnessing another strike action resulting from a trade dispute with the unions. He expressed the need for the federal government to act proactively and engage in dialogue with the Union’s leadership to ensure an amicable solution to the crisis.

“The focus of the dispute is the funding of public universities, which members at federal and state level describe as completely inadequate. The meeting noted that unless outstanding issues are resolved quickly, public universities may not absorb the consequences of another prolonged Union strike.”

The committee also lamented the high rate of illegal admissions and decided to schedule a meeting with the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Enrollment Board.

“Members criticized the problem of illegal admissions at our universities. CVCNU decided to meet urgently with the JAMB registrar to bring this matter to their attention and see how this can be contained.

“The meeting found that the manner in which vice chancellors are summoned by various National Assembly committees was inappropriate. The meeting suggested that a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly was necessary to find a better process of engagement.

“The Committee welcomed the efforts of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors to raise this matter with the visitor. It recommended that there should be constant follow-up to ensure that Mr. President granted the request to lift the embargo.

“The 36th CVCNU Conference and CVC@60 Celebrations – The two events are scheduled sometime in October 2022 in Abuja. The Secretariat also intends to organize an appropriate dinner party to welcome and welcome some former and incoming Vice-Chancellors. The meeting urged the Secretariat to publicize the event widely.

“The meeting commended the Secretariat for implementing the Eaglescan plagiarism detection software. It also welcomed Tetfund’s thesis digitization program, noting that it would add value to Nigeria’s knowledge bank,” it added.

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