ASUU strike: Prof. Okebukola reveals what will happen as FG, ASUU reach agreement

Former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC),
Professor Peter Okebukola, has said that the dividend of the strike
embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will
be huge in the universities.

Okebukola, who disclosed this while speaking with The Tribune, on the
issues that would possibly shape the sector in 2019, said: "The
dividend of the ASUU strike will be huge injection of more funds into
our universities."

According to him, 2019 will turn out to be one of the best years in
funding education in Nigeria in recent times.

Okebukola also pointed out that because of improved funding, there
will be marked improvements in schools and universities in physical
resourcing and welfare of staff in the universities will also be
enhanced.

He also posited that this year, will see to the attainment of not less
than 60% of the objectives of the Ministerial Strategic Plan
2016-2019.

Looking at the indices that surround his predictions, he said:
"January 2019 will also witness the formal launch of the Rasheed
Revitalisation Blueprint for Nigerian Universities and the active
pursuit of its targets on access, quality, governance, research and
innovation, curriculum renewal, ICT deployment and reduction in
academic corruption.

"As shown by trends in election years, the 2019 general elections will
impact positively on the education sector as the winners will strive
to impress by trying to fulfil their election promises to the
citizenry in the first year of assuming the reins of power or renewing
their mandate.

"Thereafter, we cannot be too sure as our politicians are too quick to
forget promises they make to the electorate."
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