Chris Ngige, The Minister of Labor and Employment, has made a promise and reportedly vowed that, FG will establish more universities in the first 1,000 in Africa, while insisting it is committed to improving the educational structure in Nigeria.
“So, we will give the public university system a pride of place (sic), so that when (the) next global assessment is done, we will get more Nigerian universities in the first 1,000 in Africa,” said Mr Ngige. “I am a firm believer in the public university system. That is why my children are there. I didn’t send them to private ones. One graduated from Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka, and my daughter from UNILAG.”
”My third child will also come out possibly next month from a public university again. I don’t believe that public universities are going to be abandoned.
Mr Ngige, made this statement known, on Thursday at the reconvened meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)’ leadership and the federal government, in Abuja.
He also assured ASUU that President Buhari regime, would not abandon the public universities despite its daily diminishing resources.
“ASUU is not asking for things that are impossible. They are not asking that we give them our head or blood. They are interested in getting good working conditions for their members and for the public university system to be conducive for teaching and research,”
He added, stating that; the government would be in utmost happiness, concentrate its limited resources on areas that would yield positive effects.
“If the private sector can bring excellence to our universities, (the) government can as well do the same. So, working hand in hand with ASUU as we are currently doing is a model we must keep,” Mr Ngige further noted. “We will not be going to war with ASUU all the time. We can do constructive engagement. If there is something that the government can do and it says it can’t, I am here to say no, you can because I am privy to some information.”