The National Universities Commission has said universities should be isolated from the Federal Government’s circular on new employment owing to the shortage of lecturers.
The commission also stated that 100,000 academic staff members were attending to 2.1 million students in Nigerian universities.
The NUC disclosed this in its latest bulletin, which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja.
The Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, NUC, Mr Chris Maiyaki, who was quoted in the bulletin, explained that the commission was supervising over 200 universities consisting of 48 belonging to the Federal Government; 54 states and 99 private institutions.
“Some of the problems facing the system include increased running cost, meagre budgetary allocations, issue of power shortages and shortages of manpower.
“There is a need for universities to be isolated from the Federal Government’s circular on embargo on new employment because of the peculiarity and distinctive nature of the universities in order for them to keep up the pace in attaining comparable standards with their counterparts globally.