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ASUU Strike: Vice Chancellor Task Government On University Funding

By Temi Ohakwe, Abuja

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja has reacted to some of the issues that prompted the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, saying the government is making a  “mistake” of not supporting university education.

Prof. Na’Allah illustrated his position with the Japanese and the Chinese governments saying they emerged world economies through their investments in university education.

According to him, “no nation that wants to stand strong will its university system, look at China,  everyday Japan is becoming a big economy, simply because of effective management of its resources, we must contribute our own quota to the development of our own universities”.

On revitalisation fund, Prof Na’Allah disclosed that University of Abuja has received the sum of N390m and N540M as two tranches so far.

Meanwhile, despite the on-going ASUU Strike, the VC of Uni-abuja expressed determination to hold the 25th and 26th, (which are graduands of Years 2020 and 2021 respectfully) Convocation ceremony of the University.

According to Prof. Na ‘Allah, the University of Abuja is combining 2sets of which is a total number of 8769 students.

He said for the 25th convocation set, 23 students earned first class, 1052 made second class upper grades, 3061 got second class lower while 324 students made third class.

For the 26th convocation set, 31 students earned first class, 973 made second class upper division, 2920 made second class lower while 257 students made third class.

He also said that the university is clearing a backlog of 2929 Center for Distance Learning students.

Prof. Na’Allah stressed that the goal of the university is to compete globally as  a world class university while also ensuring that students are satisfied with quality of education services in the university.

Speaking on the challenge of securing the university community, the Vice chancellor said that the university of Abuja has activated its ability to care for it land, he added that very soon the university will complete it.

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