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EDUCATION IN NIGERIA IS STARVED OF FUNDS & FACILITIES – STAKEHOLDERS




Stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector has been deprived of funds and facilities that out to lift it onto the board to progression.
The President, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha recently described the outgoing year as a rough one for the education sector.
“Almost since the beginning of 2014, the nation’s education sector has been in fits and spasms. The decay accruing from several years of abysmal neglect resulted in an implosion of industrial unrests, which inflicted near-irreversible damage on the sector,” he said.
The ASUP President has a reason for expressing this view, no doubt. The issues surrounding the strike, which members of ASUP commenced on October 4, 2013, have yet to be resolved.
According to Asomugha, despite the suspension of the strike on compassionate grounds due to the intervention of the new Education Minister, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the Federal Government has not fully addressed the demands of the union. Similarly, the government has not resolved the College of Education Academic Staff Union strike.
Lecturers in the public polytechnics are seeking, among others, the removal of what they regard as discrimination against polytechnic graduates, review of the Polytechnics Act, the establishment of a National Polytechnics Commission and the release of the White Paper of the visitation to federal polytechnics.
They are also kicking against the poor funding of polytechnics, deplorable condition of state polytechnics, appointment of unqualified persons as rectors of polytechnics.


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