Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#ASUU STRIKE UPDATE:: Jonathan urges ASUU to end strike

8:41 AM


President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) should call off its strike, as the Federal Government has released N30 billion for earned allowances.

He spoke at the inauguration of the Federal Government- sponsored transformation projects at the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The President, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayat Rufai, said N30 billion has been released for the payment of earned allowances in public universities.

He said the inaugurated projects were in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to provide quality education in the country, adding that the projects were based on the need assessment exercise conducted by the Federal Government in the universities.

Jonathan urged the universities to engage in research for national development, stressing the need for proper maintenance of completed projects.


The Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Chidozie Asiabaka, expressed joy at the completion of the structures.

He said the projects have gone a long way in tackling the dearth of basic infrastructure in the institution.

“The dearth of classrooms, lecture theatres, power supply, hostels, office accommodation, library space and facilities was the major challenge my administration faced when I assumed office two years ago,” he said.

The VC noted that with the intervention of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, the university has got 1,000 sitting capacity lecture theatre, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies building, Department of Physics building and the School of Engineering building.

He also listed the Engineering Technology new complex, School of Environmental Technology Building complex, Centre for Nuclear Energy Studies and Training complex and the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology building.

Others are the School of Environmental Technology building, landscaping of the campus and the provision of solar energy lights on the campus.

“The university is relieved at the prompt intervention of some agencies,” he said.

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