Members of the House of Representatives and some academic staff of tertiary educational institutions have locked horns over the propriety of the establishment of the Federal University of Technology Asaba in Delta State, Nigeria
While the lawmakers said that the institution would provide a level playing ground for admission seekers to attain education,the Academic Staff of Universities, ASUU said that the creation of an additional educational institution in the state would create more problems for the citizens of the state.
They argued these divergent positions at a public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on the proposed institution and another educational institution at the National Assembly.
ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi who was represented by a lecturer Mr. Theophilus Gbagi had canvassed the position of the union on the proposed institution saying that the union’s position is that it is opposed to the establishment of the institution.
He pointed out in a position paper to the House Committee that the proposal for the birth of the tertiary educational institution will trigger agitations by many states of the federation for similar educational institutions to be cited in their areas.
The erudite professor further noted that Delta State in which the proposed federal institution is to be sited is currently housing three universities and these institutions are poorly funded by the federal government.
Other unions in the education sector particularly the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU also called for the cancellation of the proposed university noting that it would create more problems for the nation.
Despite these antagonizing position, the House Minority Leader and sponsor of the Bill Hon.Godwin Elumelu called on the House and the invited education stakeholders to approve the proposed institution for easy access to education for Delta and adjoining states indegenes.