The Niger Delta University (NDU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), over the weekend criticised Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, for establishing a private university, ‘African International University’ (AIU) with state resources despite months of unpaid salaries.
The academic body also regretted the establishment of a new private university by the governor when Niger Delta University is underfunded.
ASUU alleged that Dickson is planning to strangulate the state-owned university with the establishment of the new private university.
The NDU Chapter of ASUU expressed these concerns during a press conference at the NDU’s Faculty of Law Campus in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Chairman, ASUU, NDU Chapter, Dr. Stanley Ogoun, who said the passage of the bill to establish AIU, a public-private partnership arrangement, to be sited at Toru Orua, Dickson’s hometown, was an attempt to destroy the state-owned university.
Ogoun wondered why a government that was unable to adequately fund the NDU could be tinkering with the idea of establishing a new university under a partnership arrangement via counterpart funding with a promise to make it better than NDU.

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