The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the Federal Regime’s approbation of stipends for students of education in public tertiary institutions.
DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Regime had on Tuesday announced the payment of N75,000 and N50,000 stipends per semester for students pursuing a grade in education and a Nigeria Certificate in Education, respectively.
“Undergraduate B.Ed/B.A. Ed/ BSc. Ed students in public institutions will have stipends of N75,000 per semester, patch NCE students will have stipends of N50,000 per semester”, according to the authorities’s proclamation.
Reacting, the ASUU Chairman, Federal Academy of Engineering Owerri (FUTO) Chapter, Dr Christopher Echereobia, lauded the authorities over the choice, saying it is a welcome evolution.
He gave the commendation in an interview with NAN on Fri, in Owerri, the Imo Province working capital.
Echereobia, a senior lecturer with the Department of Crop Scientific discipline and Engineering, described the choice as a stair in the right direction, given the fact that education is the bedrock of excellence in all fields of human endeavour.
He famous that successful countries had gotten it right with their education systems, adding that the approved funds, whether properly channeled, would alleviate the sufferings of poor students and encourage aspiring students to consider a career in education.
Echereobia, notwithstanding, called on the authorities to take urgent steps to ensure that the funds were disbursed to the intended beneficiaries.
“To pay stipends to students of education is a welcome evolution and a stair in the right direction.
“This will encourage to a greater extent students to pursue a career in education thus strengthening the foundation for a greater Nigeria.
“I urge the Federal Regime to place essential mechanism in location so as to ensure that funds for this purpose are not diverted to the wrong purse’’, he added.
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