The out-going Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan recently commented on what he expects the incoming administration that will be led by General Buhari to do in the education sector.
According to him, there are already agreements on ground signed by the outgoing administration which promised to release N1.3trillion to the Universities.
He mentioned that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, will tackle Buhari if he fails to act in his first six months in office.
In his words, “… Buhari will have to find money to pay for the settlement of the 2014 and 2015 agreement.”
“If he cannot get money immediately, he will have to call ASUU to a meeting and tell its members that he needs a breathing space on the challenges he inherited. He must state his reasons and I am sure that the union, being an association of responsible people, will listen to him. The President cannot pretend that the agreement does not exist.”
“He will have to do a surgical operation in the education sector. We need to rebuild from the foundation. We must not only pay attention to tertiary education, we also need to pay attention to tertiary and secondary education systems. Education cannot be an orphan.”
“Buhari must put in place a mechanism to rebuild education in the country. People should not see the education sector as an item of expenditure but a short path to national development.” He added.