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Yesterday, the Ibadan Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) alleged that the federal government’s ‘privatization contractors’ were ready to take over public universities out of the reach of the children of the masses.
The ASUU, in a statement signed by its Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke, said that unless Nigerians join the union in the fight to provide state-funded universities for the children of the masses, the agents of the privatization of public institutions concluded plans to deny the common man access to quality education and make him serve his children to learn in foreign universities.
“What unfolds before us is the deception and the will to bring university education to its knees, after which the entrepreneurs of privatization will take over; it is no wonder that the number of private universities and polytechnics is growing in the face of the devalued and rapidly declining number of these in public institutions.
The Ibadan ASUU Zonal Coordinator maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari left a legacy of tragic epigram on education in Nigeria, saying, “It is a sad comment that a government, which has been swept to power by a popular mandate from the Nigerian masses, has turned full steam ahead against a key agent of development like the education sector. We are saddened, as a union, to see this government, which is on the verge of demise, keeping its date with history as it struggles to scribble a tragic epigram on the education sector. What a legacy to leave!