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4 workers' unions beg Buhari over planned universities' downgrade

Four workers unions have united over a purported plan by the Federal Government to downgrade four universities to colleges of education.

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United under the umbrella of the Joint Trade Unions, the four unions; Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), called appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the matter.

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A letter purported to be from the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Hindatu Abdullahi, had ordering the reversal of the conversion of the four institutions from colleges of education to universities of education.

The four institutions; the Federal University of Education, Kano; Federal University of Education, Zaria; Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo and Alvan Ikoku University of Education, were originally colleges of education until former President Goodluck Jonathan upgraded them.

Speaking at the weekend, the workers urged Buhari to resolve the matter quickly.

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"We are aware that some unscrupulous elements within the academics of the colleges have, for their own personal interest, teamed up to overthrow the upgrade of the institutions.

"We urge President Buhari to step in and address this issue because some individuals are trying to take advantage of their closeness to the Presidency to truncate the good intention."

The workers vowed to resist any attempt to enforce the planned downgrade.

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