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ASUU Strike: Soyinka Advocates a Year Closure of Nigeria’s Public Varsities

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has called for the shutdown of all the public universities in Nigeria for a year to reposition the institutions.

He contends that incessant strikes by staff in the universities and talks between the striking lecturers and federal government will not resolve the fundamental problems facing public universities in the country.

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The famed playwright, speaking on a television programme, said during the proposed one year closure, major stakeholders in public universities should congregate to discuss the way forward for the universities.

He lists stakeholders that should be invited as including students, lecturers, and others in the education sector.

The congregation, according to him, will generate a new set of ideas on how the public versities will be run in the country.

Most public universities in the country have been shut down since February, following a strike action by the entire staff in the universities over poor condition of service, poor salaries and under funding of the institutions.

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