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ASUU Issues Ultimatum to Tinubu Over University Councils, Funding, and Autonomy

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given President Bola Tinubu a two-week ultimatum to reinstate the dissolved governing councils of Nigerian universities. ASUU described the dissolution as illegal and contrary to the Universities Miscellaneous Act, urging the reinstatement of councils whose tenure had yet to elapse.

The union also raised concerns about the diversion of funds meant for Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to student loans, which it deemed contrary to the law establishing TETFund.

ASUU criticized the government’s handling of the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, highlighting challenges such as underfunding, IPPIS implementation, and the imposition of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standard (CCMAS) by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Furthermore, ASUU condemned the proliferation of universities without adequate funding plans and urged a halt to the establishment of universities for political gains.

ASUU’s President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, emphasized the need for universities to manage their financial affairs independently and expressed disappointment over the unresolved issues despite years of engagement with the Federal and State Governments.

The union vowed to reconvene in two weeks to review the situation and consider further actions if the issues are not addressed.

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