The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to secure admission for Nigerian students whose academic performance has been impacted by the current conflict in Ukraine so they can finish their education.
This offer was made in the midst of a protracted Academic Staff Union of Universities strike that has halted academic operations at universities all around the nation.
“The federal government of Nigeria wishes to inform Nigerian students who returned from Ukraine following the conflict in that country, that efforts are being made to facilitate their placement into various Nigerian tertiary institutions, to enable them continue their studies,” said an advertorial by Nigeria’s foreign affairs ministry.
The advertisement, dated July 4 and signed by Francisca K. Omayuli, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, encouraged prospective Nigerian students to learn more on the ministry’s website.
As a result of ASUU’s more than three-month strike, federal colleges all throughout the country have been closed.
The union has charged that successive Nigerian governments have disregarded their 2009 commitments.
ASUU is urging Mr. Buhari to use the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) rather than the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System to pay university staff members’ wages and to provide academic earned allowances (EAA).