ASUU Strike: Buhari playing with country’s educational system – Cleric

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Ogochukwu Anioke, Abakaliki

Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Afikpo, Rev. Paul Udogu, had said the federal government is playing politics with the nation’s educational system.

He said rather than playing politics with the system, it was time for the government to overhaul the education system and invest heavily in the sector.

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Speaking during of 5th synod of the Afikpo Anglican Diocese held at Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo, Udogu argued that most of the nation’s tertiary institutions look like glorified secondary schools.

The opined that there are poor infrastructures in the tertiary institutions with crowed crowded lecture rooms with little or no furniture for students, inadequate funds for research, and poor workers remuneration which he said pose a serious challenge to the system.

“The introduction of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS) by the federal government is a good move to curb the issue of corruption and ‘ghost workers’ in our higher institutions but the irregularities and the deficiencies in the IPPIS have not helped matters, as ASUU advocate for University Transparency and Accountability Solution(UTAS).

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“Government should not play politics with our educational system. It is time for our government to overhaul our educational system and invest heavily in the sector”.

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He urged ASUU to suspend its indefinite strike in the interest of students and the survival of the nation’s education system.

“Government should listen to the cry of ASUU. We also call on ASUU to suspend the indefinite strike for the sake of the Nigerian students and for the survival of our education system. We encourage ASUU to resume work while they dialogue more with the federal government to resolve the problem.

“Government should also resolve all anomalies in IPPIS and make it more efficient and effective while UTAS integrity test should be carried out immediately”, he said.

The Bishop expressed worry on what he called ‘the borrowing culture of the federal government, saying “and more worrisome is the figure we heard the federal government of Nigeria is borrowing from foreign nations in the name of responding to COVID-19 or for infrastructural development.”