Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the weekend accused the Federal Government of conspiring with owners of private universities to de-market public universities.
It added the conspiracy had occasioned the proliferation of private varsities and deliberate underfunding of public universities owned by Federal and State Governments.
ASUU President Abiodun Ogunyemi said this in Ilorin, Kwara state capital during a town and gown meeting with stakeholders on union’s ongoing strike action.
He said: “The issue is a calculated attempt to de-market public universities, by the owners of private universities together with Nigerians rulers.
“There is also this attempt to underfund these public universities to make them surrender. Discerning minds should know that we cannot divorce the assault on public universities today from the general trend in the society (which is ‘government has no business in business’).
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