List of illegal Universities as published by the Nigeria Universities Commission

The National Universities Commission (NUC) wishes to announce to the general public, especially parents and prospective undergraduates, that the under-listed “Degree Mills” have not been licensed by the Federal Government and have, therefore, been closed down for violating the Education (National Minimum Standards etc.) Act CAP E3 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

FCI List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria Published by NUC
NUC List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria 2014:

1) University of Accountancy and Management Studies, operating anywhere in Nigeria.

2) Christians of Charity American University of Science & Technology, Nkpor, Anambra State or any of its other campuses.

3) University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos or any of its other campuses.

4) University of Applied Sciences & Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin or any of its other campuses in Nigeria.

5) Blacksmith University, Awka or any of its other campuses.

6) Volta University College, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana or any of its other campuses in Nigeria.

7) Royal University Izhia, P.O. Box 800, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State or any of its other campuses.

Cool Atlanta University, Anyigba, Kogi State or any of its other campuses.

9) Sunday Adokpela University, Otada Adoka, Otukpo, Benue State or any of its other campuses.

10) United Christian University, Macotis Campus, Imo State or any of its other campuses.

11) United Nigeria University College, Okija, Anambra State or any of its other campuses.

12) Samuel Ahmadu University, Makurdi, Benue State or any of its other campuses.

13) UNESCO University, Ndoni, Rivers State or any of its other campuses.

14) Saint Augustine’s University of Technology, Jos, Plateau State or any of its other campuses.

15) The International University, Missouri, USA, Kano and Lagos Study Centres, or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

16) Collumbus University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria.

17) Tiu International University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria

18) Pebbles University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria.

19) London External Studies UK operating anywhere in Nigeria.

20) Pilgrims University operating anywhere in Nigeria.

21) Lobi Business School Makurdi, Benue State or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

22) West African Christian University operating anywhere in Nigeria.

23) Bolta University College Aba or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

24) JBC Seminary Inc. (Wukari Jubilee University) Kaduna Illegal Campus.

25) Westlan University, Esie, Kwara State or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

26) St. Andrews University College, Abuja or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

27) EC-Council University, USA, Ikeja Lagos Study Centre.

28) Atlas University, Ikot Udoso Uko, Uyo Akwa Ibom State or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

29) Concept College/Universities (London) Ilorin or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

30) Halifax Gateway University, Ikeja or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

31) Kingdom of Christ University, Abuja or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

32) Acada University, Akinlalu, Oyo State or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

33) Fifom University, Mbaise, Imo State or any of its campuses in Nigeria.

34) Houdegbe North American University campuses in Nigeria.

35) Atlantic Intercontinental University, Okija, Anambra State.

36) Open International University, Akure.

37) Middle Belt University (North Central University), Otukpo

38) Leadway University, Ughelli, Delta State

39) Metro University, Dutse/Bwari, Abuja

40) Southend University, Ngwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers State

41) Olympic University, Nsukka, Enugu State

42) Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Abuja.

43) Temple University, Abuja

44) Irish University Business School London, operating anywhere in Nigeria.

45) National University of Technology, Lafia, Nasarawa State.

46) University of Accountancy and Management Studies, Mowe, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and its Annex at 41, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

47) University of Education, Winneba Ghana, operating anywhere in Nigeria.

48) Cape Coast University, Ghana, operating anywhere in Nigeria.

49) African University Cooperative Development (AUCD), Cotonou, Benin Republic, operating anywhere in Nigeria.

50) Pacific Western University, Denver, Colorado, Owerri Study Centre.

51) Evangel University of America & Chudick Management Academic, Lagos.

52) Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Gboko Campus).

53) Career Light Resources Centre, Jos.

54) University of West Africa, Kwali-Abuja, FCT.

55) Coastal Univversity, Iba-Oku, Akwa-Ibom State.
In addition to the closure, the following Degree Mills are currently undergoing further investigations and/or ongoing court actions. The purpose of these actions is to prosecute the proprietors and recover illegal fees and charges on subscribers.
1) National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

2) North Central University, Otukpo, Benue State.

3) Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Enugu.

4) Richmond Open University, Arochukwu, Abia State.

5) West Coast University, Umuahia.

6) Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State.

7) Volta University College, Aba, Abia State.

 

Nigeria: American Education Department, University Confirm Stella Oduah’s Honorary Ph.D Is Fake

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The American National Centre for Education Statistics has told PREMIUM TIMES that the Pacific Christian University, Glendale, which Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, claimed awarded her a doctorate degree, does not exist, confirming this newspaper’s Wednesday’s report that the minister’s purported honorary Ph.D is fake.

The National Centre for Education Statistics is an agency under the U.S. Department of Education.

Responding to a PREMIUM TIMES’ inquiry, the spokesperson for the agency, which maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date database of all American public and private educational institutions, said, “Thank you for your inquiry. I do not see a university in our database that is Pacific Christian University in Glendale”.

She however suggested that the closest to Pacific Christian University in the database might be Hope International University in Fullerton which she believed used to be known as Pacific Christian College.

Contacted, Every Delarosa of the registrar’s office at Hope International University confirmed that the institution used to be known as Pacific Christian College and not Pacific Christian University as Mrs. Oduah indicated in her resume.

Even at that, Ms. Delarosa insisted Mrs. Oduah could not be referring to Hope University because the institution changed its name from Pacific Christian College in 1997 while Mrs Oduah claimed she was awarded a doctorate in Business Administration 1998.

The Hope University official also explained that the institution, even when it was known as Pacific Christian College, had never had a campus in Glendale. She said the university was based in Long Beach city at the time.

“We do not have any records of any candidate by the name Stella Oduah or related names,” Ms. Delarosa said, after pouring through the university record. “Whether now that we are Hope University and in the past when we were Pacific Christian College, we did not give any such person a degree here.”

This newspaper had Wednesday reported that the aviation minister lied on oath to the Nigerian Senate, by claiming that a Pacific Christian University awarded her an honorary doctorate degree in 1998. Mrs. Oduah had made the claim in a 7-page resume she distributed to Nigeria’s 109 senators during her confirmation hearing on July 2, 2011.

Nigeria: Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah Scrambles to Cover Up Certificate Forgery Scandal

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Nigeria Aviation Minister Princess  Stella Oduah

Embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, and her associates have spent the last several hours scrambling to clean up the minister’s biographies on the Internet, following allegations that she lied about her academic qualifications, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.

News website, SaharaReporters, had Monday quoted authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Mrs. Oduah claimed she studied for Bachelor and Masters degrees, as saying they did not award her an MBA at anytime as the university does not even have a graduate school or graduate programme.

The minister is yet to respond to the allegations. Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to get her to comment for this story were unsuccessful.

Joe Obi, her special assistant on media, did not answer or return calls.

Yakubu Datti, the spokesperson of the aviation agencies, who usually speak for her, said he was not aware of the allegation against the minister, and that he would revert after consulting the minister. He is yet to do so as at the time of publishing this.

However, this newspaper has observed an attempt by the minister and her aides to revise her profiles on the web with a view to cleaning up any reference to St. Paul’s College in her history.

Already, Mrs. Oduah’s biography on the website of the Ministry of Aviation has been revised, with references to St. Paul’s College now wiped out.

“Oduah-Ogiemwonyi received her Bachelors and Masters Degree (in Accounting and Business Administration respectively) in the United States,” the new profile said of Mrs. Oduah’s education, without any reference to the university she attended.

The Wikipedia page of the minister has also been hurriedly edited, and it now has no reference to the university Mrs. Oduah attended.

All links and reference materials on the Wikipedia page capable of linking the minister to the university that has disowned her have also been deleted.

Even the minister’s personal website has been reviewed to remove any reference to St. Paul’s College.

While the links leading to Mrs. Oduah’s foundation and photographs remain active, the other principal link, which should lead to her history page, has been deactivated.

It’s unclear whether it was being edited at the backend when PREMIUM TIMES visited the site.

Mrs. Oduah had in a resume she presented to the Senate as a ministerial nominee in 2011 indicated that she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville, Virginia, United States.

But SaharaReporters quoted the President of the college as saying his university had never in its 125-year history had a graduate school or graduate program.

The Provost Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Institutional Development said in response to the website’s inquiries, “We don’t offer any graduate programs here.”

The school’s website also indicates clearly that Saint Paul’s College awards only baccalaureate [bachelor’s] degrees.

It is not clear yet whether the minister received an undergraduate degree from the college as she claimed. SaharaReporters said Dr. Claud Flythe, the college’s current president was unable to confirm that claim because the college had been closed since June 2013 after it lost accreditation.

Mrs. Oduah had since October being enmeshed in a a N255million armoured cars scandal in which she was accused of compelling an agency under her supervision, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to buy her two exotic bullet cars at clearly inflated prices.

The purchase of the cars generated outrage for weeks because its cost was inflated, and it was neither listed in the government-approved budget nor did it comply with the Nigeria’s public procurement law.

The House of Representatives has since asked President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the minister but the president has failed to act.

Aviation Minister Stella Oduah erases education references online after SR report

According to the report by Sahara Reporters, Aviation Minister Stella Odua’s Master’s degree which she claimed to have obtained from St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville, Virginia, US and presented to the Senate in 2011 as a ministerial nominee, is fake, because the school does not offer graduate programs.

Sahara Reporters learned from the President of the college that it has never in its 125-year history had a graduate school or graduate program. The Provost Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Institutional Development said “We don’t offer any graduate programs here.”

Premium Times went digging and it looks like the allegation is true because by 4pm today, her profile page on Facebook was edited and all traces of St. Paul’s College was removed from the account. It was also removed from her Wikipedia page and her biography on the Ministry of Aviation website. See screen grabs after the cut…

Her Wikipedia page only says she received her Bachelors and Masters Degree (in Accounting and Business Administration respectively) in the United States, with no mention of what university.

 

Her FB profile pic with St Pauls

 

The edited version. No mention of St Pauls

ASUU calls off strike

Report reaching us from Minna, Niger State capital, indicates that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called off its five months strike.

The Union arrived at the latest decision to suspends its strike after a marathon meeting held at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State on Monday.

After a protracted debate, the Federal Government and ASUU reached a compromise during a negotiation brokered by the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar few days ago.

Details shortly.

FG gives varsity lecturers till December 4th to resume to work.

 

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  Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike

•Union: We won’t be intimidated
•IG beefs up security on campuses
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja

The federal government Thursday took the battle to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as it ordered its striking members to resume work by December 4 or lose their jobs.

The government, which also pointedly rejected a new set of demands presented by the teachers, who have been on strike since July 1, directed vice-chancellors of all federal universities to immediately re-open their schools for academic and allied activities.
They are also to provide a conducive environment for academic and allied activities that will encourage lecturers ready to work to do so.

But in a swift reaction to government’s orders, which caught the union unawares, ASUU condemned the directive, saying it would not be intimidated to call off the five-month-old strike.

The union had shut down the universities over the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement reached between the government and ASUU aimed at boosting lecturers’ welfare and improving academic quality in the universities.

Justifying its action after months of protracted negotiations between ASUU and the government, the supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, told reporters in Abuja that the decision on the back-to-school order was taken after concluding that despite its best efforts, ASUU’s refusal to call off the strike was a deliberate attempt to sabotage efforts at resolving the industrial dispute.

He said the government would not allow the continuous closure of its universities due to the danger posed to the education system and the future of the youths.

“Any academic staff (member) who fails to resume on or before the 4th of December, 2013, automatically ceases to be a staff of the institution and vice-chancellors are also directed to advertise vacancies (internal and external) in their institutions. The National Universities Commission (NUC) is hereby directed to monitor compliance of these directives by the institutions,” he said.

The minister, flanked by the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, explained that ASUU recently made new demands as a precondition for suspending the strike.

The new demands, which were presented three weeks after the November 4 meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan to resolve the dispute, include: the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement in 2014, with the demand that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) be made the signatory to the resolution reached at the meeting with the president.

The union also demanded that the N200 billion infrastructure re-vitalisation funds, agreed upon at the November 4 meeting for release annually, should be deposited in a dedicated account and distributed to the universities within the next two weeks.
But Wike described the new conditions precedent as “unacceptable”, adding that the union at the November 4 meeting had already expressed satisfaction with the discussions.

“Even on the issue of re-negotiation, it was the president who said by the time we look at all these issues and you go back to the classroom, there would be a need to look into other issues again. He said so of his own volition. And a general discussion followed that.

“Now ASUU has come back to say that we should put it in part of the resolution that we must renegotiate in 2014,” he said.

He added that the government, even before ASUU embarked on its strike, had already fulfilled about 80 percent of the 2009 agreement, except for the issue of earned allowances and infrastructure funds.

Following the commencement of the strike, the government had released N30 billion for payment of earned allowances and also agreed to release an extra N10 billion to take care of any shortfall.

The sum of N100 billion was also distributed to the universities for infrastructure revitalisation in line with the findings of the Needs Assessment Committee report.
The minister chronicled the events and failed negotiations that have now compelled the government to take the latest step to resolve the dispute with the teachers, adding that whoever is unhappy with the new directive can challenged it at the National Industrial Court.

He said: “We met with ASUU, the president and others, and sat with them for over 13 hours and all issues had been resolved. ASUU insisted we should put the resolution down in writing; that was done and signed by the permanent secretary and sent to ASUU. And they promised that within one week, they would get back to us, only to get a letter now giving new conditions outside what had been discussed and agreed on.

“Mr. President met with them on November 4 and we agreed to improve on funding to the tune of N200 billion yearly, and in the next six years we would have spent not less than N1.2 trillion in revitalising the universities. We were even asked for eight years, but ASUU said no.

“The government has made frantic efforts to ensure the students return to school, but we keep being inundated with one reason or the other over why they cannot do so.

“We cannot continue to see these things happening, we would continue to make sure that all we have agreed to do, government would do. At least on their own part, they have met with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, then the vice-president, then the president which is the highest level of discussions. If you cannot believe Mr. President, then who would you discuss with again?

“For five months, our children have been at home, and people would assume government is not doing anything. We would do all we have promised, but to now bring fresh conditions is not favourable and is not in the interest of the country. So the position is let us return to the classroom, and if there are new things you think we should discuss, we will.”

ASUU has, however, kicked against government’s directive that its members should return to class by Wednesday or risk losing their jobs.
The union said it would continue with the strike until its demands were met, saying it would not be cowed into submission.

Chairman of ASUU University of Abuja chapter, Mr Clement Chup, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the universities would not be re-opened or the strike called off.

“The strike is still on and we are not going to call it off on account of intimidation. We are not raising any fresh demands, we only gave government conditions to ensure that our members who participated in the strike are not victimised.

“Part of those conditions is that government must settle the salary arrears of our members before we go back to class. We are not in a military era when somebody would just wake up and make pronouncements. ASUU cannot be intimidated. If they want us to call off the strike, they must meet these conditions, particularly the 2009 agreement,” Suleiman added.

However, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) expressed regrets that the government took such a hasty decision without consulting the two central labour unions: Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and TUC.

Speaking yesterday, TUC President, Mr. Bobbi Kaigama, said he would carry out consultations and find out what prompted the decision before making a comment on the matter.

“We would have expected that the labour centres are consulted before such an announcement is made,” he said.
Efforts to reach ASUU National President, Dr Nasir Fagge, proved abortive, as he did not take or return his phone calls.

Also, NLC acting General Secretary, Mr. Chris Uyot, did not pick his calls or respond to a text message seeking a reaction on the development.

In a move to forestall the breakdown of law and order at the universities, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate provision of adequate security in and around tertiary institutions nationwide.
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, yesterday in Abuja.

The statement said the measure was designed to secure life and property in the institutions and provide an enabling environment for lecturers, students and other members of staff to go about their lawful businesses without hindrance.

“The directive is a proactive and confidence-boosting measure designed to ensure that nothing untoward happens in our academic communities,” it said.

The statement directed all command Commissioners of Police to personally oversee the intensification of surveillance in universities in their states.

It ordered them to “take all necessary security measures needed to provide for the safety and security of members of staff and students as well as property within the various campuses”.

It urged lecturers, students and Nigerians within the institutions to remain law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation or intimidation from any quarters.

ASUU leaders chase Kogi gov away from hospital

 

Idris Wada

Angry leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities allegedly chased away the Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada (retd.) from the emergency ward of the  Lokoja General Hospital on Tuesday.

Wada had gone to the hospital  to visit their  injured colleague, Dr. Ngozi Ilo,   and commiserate with them over the death of their  former President, Prof. Festus Iyayi,   in an accident involving his convoy  and an ASUU vehicle on Tuesday.

The  Chairman, University of Benin chapter  of ASUU, Dr. Anthony Monye-Emina; and the Benin Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Sunny Iyalo, had minor injuries and were therefore not admitted into the hospital.

The   ASUU leaders, including the National President, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi;  the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Nassir Adesola; the Chairman, Lagos State University chapter of the union, Dr. Adekunle Idris;    Monye-Emina;   Iyalo  and lecturers from the Federal University Lokoja however sent the governor away from the hospital’s emergency ward.

Their grouse was Wada’s  late response to the accident and the uncaring attitude he allegedly displayed towards the union leaders  involved in the accident.

They also accused him of trying to make a political gain out of their misfortune.

Idris, who confirmed that  Wada was chased out of the  emergency ward, said,    “We are surprised that a state governor could resort to telling lies because contrary to the claim by his spokesperson that he showed care towards our colleagues, he did not.

“Somebody that did not stop after his convoy killed our leader; somebody that did not come to the hospital until some minutes to 5pm(on Tuesday) after the accident that happened around 11am could not be said to be caring.

“That was why we chased him out of the emergency ward of the hospital and we also prevented him from seeing Prof. Iyayi’s corpse in the mortuary.

“We are not happy with the fact that he came very late to the hospital and the fact that when he came, his press crew attempted to take photograph and video record of Dr. Ilo, who is our national welfare  secretary. We stopped them because that was  the  height of insensitivity.

“Somebody that could not provide us with an ambulance cannot be said to be caring. We had to call UNIBEN for an ambulance that took Ilo to the UNIBEN Teaching Hospital while our colleagues from the Federal University, Lokoja, with the assistance of the vice-chancellor, gave us the ambulance that was used to convey the remains of Prof. Iyayi to Benin.”

Idris added that though Wada  left the hospital “like a gentleman,”  some of  his overzealous  security aides tried  to be naughty.

He said, “Some of the policemen  that followed him to the hospital wanted to be naughty but we lectured them. The hospital workers and the residents of Lokoja who witnessed how we chased the governor  away were happy.”

Also, Adesola expressed dismay at  the efforts  made by the governor to rewrite the incident.

He said, “It was actually the last of the governor’s convoy that veered off the road and ran into a  vehicle that was conveying Iyayi and others.

“When the governor’s convoy came  with   noise and harassment, everyone on the road moved  to the side  of the road for them to pass  but  unfortunately, the governor’s aide  has told the world that an  ASUU  vehicle was avoiding a trailer and ran into  their escort vehicle.

“What manner of reckless lying is that? The front  of the ASUU bus remains  intact except for the windscreen that broke. Iyayi was sitting at the back of the bus and the  escort van  ran into it.

The most annoying part is  that the incident occurred around 11am and the governor did not even visit the hospital until around 5pm.

“He  came with a large  number of pressmen and security aides  and was attempting to make some political capital out of our misfortune.

“We actually had to chase him away from the emergency ward where our welfare secretary was still receiving treatment .”

Source: Punch

ASUU Suspends NEC Meeting over Iyayi’s Death

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Festus Iyayi

 
•Outrage trails professor’s demise
•NLC, FRSC, Falana blame Wada

Following the death of the former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities Prof. Festus Iyayi in a car crash on Tuesday, the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union scheduled to hold Wednesday at the Bayero University Kano (BUK) was suspended indefinitely by the council.

The late Iyayi was travelling with two other lecturers by road to Kano from Lokoja for the NEC meeting, where the union was supposed take a decision on the ASUU strike, when the bus he was travelling in was involved in a ghastly accident with a motorcade belonging to the Kogi State Governor Capt. Idris Wada.

The former ASUU president was said to have died on the spot while his colleagues who sustained varying degrees of injuries where rushed to a hospital in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Speaking on the tragedy, ASUU National President Dr. Nasir Fagge told reporters in Kano yesterday that the union deemed it necessary to suspend the meeting following the sudden death of Iyayi.

He said: “You (journalists) have to bear with us because we are in a mourning mood over the loss of one of us, who was a strong pillar.”
Fagge, who described the death of Iyayi as a great loss to the country, said the deceased was a strong pillar of the union.

But the postponement of the meeting did not go down well with students, as a BUK student who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity, expressed frustration over the development, adding, “We are not happy with the situation because we have overstayed at home.”

Also, another student appealed to ASUU to fix a new date for the meeting in order to resolve the lingering crisis. “We are not really happy but since it is the death of their member, they were right to have suspended the meeting.”

At the time of filing this report, the chairmen of various ASUU chapters were seen departing the ASUU secretariat in the old BUK campus for their respective destinations.

 

Source: This Day

ASUU set to call off strike this week

Indications have emerged that the  Academic Staff Union of Universities may call off the over four-month-old strike on Thursday.

Barring a last-minute change, the National Executive Committee of ASUU will meet on Wednesday night to consider the position of the congresses of the over 50 public universities on the offer made by the Federal government to revamp the institutions.

The  union met with  a Federal Government team led by President Goodluck Jonathan last Tuesday in Abuja.

The  ASUU leadership, after briefing the zonal coordinators  on  the offer, had directed the local branches   to organise  congress meetings between Friday last week and Tuesday (tomorrow).

This is to enable all the lecturers to make input into the action the union would take after its NEC meeting on Thursday.

However, feelers from most universities that had organised their congresses revealed that ASUU  would suspend the strike after the  Thursday NEC meeting.

In  some universities, including the Obafemi Awolowo University and the Lagos State University that have scheduled their congress meetings for Monday (today),  union leaders and lecturers expressed hope that the strike would end this week.

Also, some top officials of the union in some of the nine zones of ASUU said even though they were not happy with the plan by the government to inject N220bn yearly into the public universities for the next five years, they were pleased that a commitment had been obtained by the union.

Though the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Adesola, confirmed that the NEC meeting would hold on Wednesday, he did not say whether the strike would be called off or not.

“Yes, the NEC will hold on Wednesday evening but ASUU has a process which we are going to follow. NEC reserves the right to call off the strike after due consultation with members and this is why congresses are being called in all the chapters of the union. Please, wait till after the congress,” he told one of our correspondents on the telephone.

But another  source said, “Our NEC meeting will hold between Wednesday night and Thursday. Our chapters have started holding meetings to discuss the Federal Government’s offer. This is to allow input from all the lecturers. We have to carry them along to avoid disunity since there are moves by some elements to infiltrate us.”

Another source told one of our correspondents that some members had expressed mixed feelings about the Federal Government’s  new offer based on its refusal to honour  past  agreements.

“The radicals among us are  sceptical about this latest offer. They do  not believe that government will respect the agreement. Their view is  that government only wants  to deceive the union to call off the strike before it will jettison it.”

A top official of the union,  who confirmed the fears,  told one of  our correspondents that although members’ opinions at the zonal congresses were divided over the government’s offer, the majority still decided to give  the government the benefit of the doubt.

He also said that  the majority opinion was that the review of the agreement which was supposed to hold this year should be postponed till next year in the interest of peace.

The official added, “Members were persuaded because President Goodluck Jonathan personally met with the union. They felt since the President was involved in the negotiation this time around, the government would not say that it was arm-twisted to make the offer.

“This is the problem we are having with the 2009 agreement. By now we should be talking about a review but we are still having troubles with implementation.

“Although feelers across the zones are that we should call off the strike, we are going to put down the government offer in black and white and make it public so that nobody accuses us tomorrow  of  asking for too much.”

Some universities are expected to hold their congresses on Monday (today) to discuss the outcome of the zonal congresses held at nine centres across the country last week.

A source at the meeting  between the government and ASUU   told one of our  correspondents  that the government after a long debate agreed to inject N220bn yearly for the next five years beginning from 2014.

He had said, “The meeting should be the longest that we have ever had on this crisis but I can tell you that both parties were frank all through the discussions. The parties also showed commitment towards ending the crisis. The President in particular showed that he was serious about ending the strike and that was why he offered to release over N1tn to the universities in the next five years.

“The money will be released on a yearly basis at N220bn per annum beginning from 2014. For the outgoing year, the Federal Government will only release N100bn and this has been processed.

“In order to show commitment to this deal, the money will be kept at the Central Bank of Nigeria  and will be released on a quarterly basis to the universities. So, there won’t be any problem about funding the deal.”

The source added that the National Universities Commission and the Trade Union Congress would be joint guarantors of  the new agreement while the Minister of Education would be the implementation officer.

He said  that the  government  also agreed, among other things, to revamp the public universities by ensuring that all the issues that always lead to strike were dealt with once and for all.

Source: The Punch

If politicians no longer steal public funds, we can provide free education for our children – Governor Aliyu

Aliyu Babangida

Aliyu Babangida

Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has stated that the education sector in Nigeria would witness improvement and provide favourable learning environment if politicians desist from stealing public funds.

The governor stated this Wednesday while receiving executive members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Proprietors of Private Schools at the Conference Hall of Government House, Minna.

According to him, the amount of money being stolen from public coffers by those in authority was enough to fund free education at all levels of education.

“If we steal less, we should be able to give free education to our children at all levels”, Aliyu said.

He added that it was unfortunate that the media is awash with billions of naira being stolen from public funds everyday.

The governor added that, it was time that measures are put in place to tackle theft of public funds which leaves little money for development purposes that will benefit the masses.

According to him, “we should be more committed to the fight against corruption” and declared that with the free education policy of Niger State, the state could attain 95 per cent literacy level in the next five years.

“It is important we pay attention to education. It is nice that private schools are complementing the efforts of public schools, public schools should study why private schools are doing well, whereas schools owned by the government are not doing well”, he stated.