Speaking during the Silverbird Man of the Year event, Atiku also said he would end the incessant strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from his first day as president. The Buhari administration allocated 7.04% of the N9.120 trillion 2018 budget to education. Federal universities have been shut down since November when ASUU embarked on strike following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached in November 2016.
The ranking, which was published by the Times Higher Education, shows that Covenant University came in as the second best university in Nigeria, and 151 among emerging economies. Nigeria’s premier university, which ranked 141 has been on strike for 88 days. Of the 442 universities ranked from 43 countries, only three Universities featured from Nigeria, with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, completing the trio. India is still the second most-represented country with 49 institutions included, up from 42.
The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. Senator Chris Ngige , Minister of Labour and Employment while addressing newsmen after a closed -door meeting with the union on Friday in Abuja said the meeting was protracted. He said , “ The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said this yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Ogunyemi was reacting to the allegation that some vice-chancellors have been intimidating lecturers in their institution and have ordered them back to the classroom, while some have reportedly commenced examinations. According to him, the union may be preparing for a confrontation with some of the vice-chancellors that have defaulted and failed to cooperate.