MEDICAL Director, Zion Hospital and Maternity, Nawfia and former Awka Zonal Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Oliver Onwughalu has advocated repositioning of the nation’s educational sector to meet international best practices.
Dr. Onwughalu in a press statement at Nawfia, condemned the ongoing federal governments/ASUU face off, regretting that inadequate attention is being channeled towards the funding of universities.
According to the 1978 graduate and old boy of the University of Ife, some universities in Nigeria can only pass as glorified secondary schools compared to the University of Cairo, Egypt where he had visited, and other world class citadel of learning globally.
He urged the federal government to look inwards and raise money for the funding of Nigerian universities which are under-funded.
Dr. Onwughalu called on stakeholders appointed to oversee the nation’s educational system to resign and hand over to competent hands if they have no workable formula to settle the ongoing federal government/ASUU industrial action.
The medical expert expressed dismay that many Nigerian students are languishing in agony and despair following the industrial action while the federal government remains insensitive at the point of buying vehicles for a neighboring Niger Republic country.
On his part, the traditional ruler of Umuawulu, Igwe Joel Egwuonwu urged the federal government to shift ground and strive to meet at least 70 per cent of the demands of the ASUU to call off their strike.
Igwe Egwuonwu regretted that many Nigerian students are wasting at their various homes for no fault of theirs while the federal government has extended its financial assistance to its Niger Republic neighbour at the detriment of the demands of ASUU.
The royal father urged the federal government to source for funds to pay university lecturers on strike.
On their part, the palace secretary to the Umuawulu traditional ruler, Chief Cyril Eziofor called for a renegotiation between the federal government and ASUU to end the ongoing face-off between them while a former chancellor, Awka Catholic Diocese, Very Reverend Monsignor John Paul Nzomiwu blamed the federal government for reneging on their 2009 agreement with ASUU and allowing the industrial action to subsist.