The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Jos Chapter, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, has said that most private universities in Nigeria are producing graduates with empty brains.
Maigoro stated this while reacting to the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of 20 new private universities in the country.
According to him, “Most times, private universities produce graduates with empty brains; these graduates hardly contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of the society.
“These graduates become a problem to the society rather than solving the existing problems as intellectuals.
“So, I want to urge the owners and managers of these newly approved universities to maintain standard”.
It would be recalled that in the last ten years, students in the public universities across Nigeria have been forced to spend over 832 days away from the lecture halls.
The just suspended strike action makes it about 17 times since 2010, meaning that in at least, every five months across the academic calendar year, students had to stay at home. This, experts have said had contributed to the ”half-baked” graduates universities continue to churn out.
A breakdown of the timeline of strikes since 2010 revealed that in 2010, students stayed away from lecture halls for 157 days, in 2011, it was lesser, as only 90 days were wasted. The strike started in December 2011 and ended in March 2012.
According to the data analysed, in 2013, the strike lasted for 150 days, 2014 to 2015 witnessed no strike action, but in 2016, the Academic Union of Universities only down tooled for seven days. In 2017, the strike lasted for 35 days, while 2018 witnessed a 19-day shut down. The 2020 strike which ASUU embarked upon on March 23 lasted for 274 days.
ASUU, the umbrella body of lecturers in both Federal and State universities commenced a nationwide strike on March 23, 2020, following the inability of the Federal Government to meet the agreement it entered in 2009.
The recent strike was heavily anchored on a payment platform for the university lecturers, as ASUU rejected the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) initiated by the Federal Government.
The litany of strikes has made some parents to lose confidence in the educational system in Nigeria, as those who can afford educational systems outside Nigeria have started pursuing it. Some have even vowed that their children will not school in this kind of educational system.