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ASUU: Strike To Be Called Off Soon As President Jonathan Approves N400bn

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Well, this is partially good news, we are waiting when ASUU strike will be officially called off. Read the full story below as published on Daily Sun.

The end to the present strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be in sight as President Goodluck Jonathan has approved N400 billion for the infrastructural development of Nigerian universities.
The document to this effect is expected to be made available today at the meeting of the presidential committee on implementation of the NEEDS assessment in the universities with the leaders of the four university-based unions – the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), theNon-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, made the revelation while addressing his union members at the SSANU National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the weekend at the University of Abuja.
Ugwoke, briefing the SSANU members on the activities of theNEEDS assessment implementation committee, led byBenue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam. He noted that the fundwas different from the N100 billion Governor Suswam had raised from donor agencies and big companies to tackle the problems of Nigerian universities in 2013.
The labour leader said: “Let me give you a tip on what the NEEDS assessment committee is doing. The president has approved that within the next four years; N400 billion would be expended in infrastructural development of Nigerian universities, to transform the universities to international standard.
“N100 billion has already been raised by Suswam committee outof which 61 universities have been penciled down, as contained in the NEEDS assessment committee. The N100billion is expected to address needs of the universities in the areas which include re-furbishingand renovation of lecture theatres and lecture halls, re-furbishing and renovation of laboratories/libraries and the renovation of hostels.
“The second category is building of new hostels of international standard, self-contained rooms, the latest model in the world. That is the standard to be built in every university, and also thestate-of-the-art laboratories aswell as classrooms, lecture theatres and the halls.”
Ugwoke pointed out that the money had been shared and outof the N100 billion, N96 billion hadbeen sent to universities.
He added: “The committee is meeting again on Monday, and by Monday (today), the document will be out. This time around, it is not only by giving university money, but it will be monitored to ensure that the money is used to transform the universities, to bail universities out of the present situation anddeveloped to an international recognized university standard.”
Source: daily Sun

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