Prof. Ekundayo Alao, Vice Chancellor, Adeleke University in Osun state, according to Vanguard News, had said that the nation’s education system has collapsed following the nationwide strike by lecturers of universities and polytechnics in Nigeria.
Prof. Alao also called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency to declare a state of emergency in the tertiary education sector as part of efforts to proffer lasting solutions to the perennial crises bedeviling the country’s education.
The Vice Chancellor made the call at the main campus of the university during the matriculation ceremony of about 665 undergraduates for the 2018/2019 academic session.
The VC’s call was against the backdrop of the incessant strike action by members of the ASUU and ASUP. He said that the strike occasioned by demands for improved welfare of lecturers, regular payment of salaries and allowances, proper funding of public universities and polytechnics among others, had overtime, paralyzed academic activities and accounted for the dwindling standard of education.
He expressed optimism that if the state of emergency was declared, the period could be used to embark on a long-term blueprint that will endanger a revolution capable of proffering lasting solutions in order to restore stability to the system.
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