Vice-chancellors’ wives prepare for ‘leadership course’ in Turkey amid ASUU strike – Reuters


The wives of Nigeria’s university vice-chancellors are about to embark on a five-day trip to Turkey for what they described as a “leadership course”.

The proposed trip was contained in a letter published by the Nigerian Universities Vice Chancellors Committee and seen by TheCable Lifestyle.

According to the letter dated May 5 and signed by Yakubu Ochefu, the secretary general of the committee, the event should be held from July 18 to 23 in Istanbul.

Ochefu also revealed that each of the spouses of the Vice Chancellors honoring the scheme would have to pay the sum of 1.5 million naira in the form of tuition.

“We understand the vital role spouses play in supporting Vice-Chancellors in carrying out their day-to-day administration of universities. It is therefore imperative that capacity building exercises be put in place for female academics and spouses of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities,” the letter read.

“In this regard, the committee secretariat, in partnership with the Win Institute for Gender Studies, Nigeria, in collaboration with its Turkey-based learning partner, Istanbul Egitimler, organized a masterclass in leadership and 5-day management and fellowship initiation for Spouses of Vice-Chancellors, Women Academics and Higher Education Leadership in Africa.

The development comes amid the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The ASUU declared a one-month warning strike on February 14 to protest against the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.

But on March 14, the union extended the eight week strikeciting the government’s inability to respond fully to its demands.

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