President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will give more attention to improving personnel and infrastructure of universities to produce quality graduates, assuring that education will, henceforth, be a top priority in development goals of the country.
President Buhari stated this when he received leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, led by Biodun Ogunyemi at the State House, Abuja.
The President expressed the hope that effective and efficient operations of universities would go a long way in improving the economy, especially with focus on science and technology.
On her remarks, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said out of the 137,016 academic and non-academic staff members of the universities, 96,090 have been enrolled in the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
In his remarks, the ASUU President Ogunyemi said the educational sector needed more federal government attention, noting that implementation of agreements over the years would go a long way in improving the quality of education in the universities. He added that IPPIS violates the laws of the federation, violates university statutes, and violates agreements between the Federal Government and ASUU.