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Despite ASUU strike, FG to open new Daura university in September

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that full activities will commenced at the University of Transportation, Daura in September, 2022.

The Minister said this on Monday while inspecting the level of work done at the university’s permanent site in Daura. 

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This is coming amidst the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which began in February 14, 2022. 

The university teachers embarked on strike to press home their demands, with the prominent ones being the renegotiation of the ASUU/FG 2009 agreement and the sustainability of the university autonomy by deploying UTAS to replace the government’s “imposed” (IPPIS).

Other demands include the release of the reports of visitation panels to federal universities, distortions in salary payment challenges, funding for revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowance, poor funding of state universities and promotion arrears.

Amaechi said work  the new Daura university has advanced greatly and he’s confident the university will commence operations this year.

He stated that: ”They (the contractors) said it remains seven buildings and that they will be ready before September.

The minister, while also inspecting Dala dry port, commended the contractors for the work done so far.

Amaechi, however, urged them to ensure speedy completion of the project to enable President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate it on time.

The University of Transportation, Daura is a corporate social responsibility of China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) facilitated by Mr Amaechi.

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