Thursday, 19 April 2018

‘President Buhari’s government is the worst in education funding’ – ASUU

With about 7 percent allocation to Education, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has declared the Buhari-led government to be the worst in funding education in the country.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday, The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) warned that the Muhammadu Buhari government is preparing the country for a greater future doom, following the stifling of education funding.

Chairman, University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, Dr. Deji Omole stated that the failure to vote enough money to public varsity education, is already causing gradual crisis of confrontation between University administration and students in some parts of the country.

“It will be difficult to have a citizen that will love the country in the future if the current trend of abandoning the poor while taking care of the rich continues. While each senators is paid N13.5million as running cost per month the same Senate appropriated a paltry sum of N66million for capital projects for University of Ibadan with students population of about 30,000.

“This can only happen where the ruling class lacks vision like Nigeria. This same government refuses to drop a kobo for the revitalisation of public universities. Now many children of the masses are denied access because universities cannot admit beyond what the dilapidated infrastructure can take. Yet their parents cannot afford private university. the federal government is owing about N800billion revitalisation funds to public varsities as contained in the agreements with ASUU” he said.

Omole who maintained that the Buhari government has paid lip service to public education but prefers to pacify militants and terrorists, said the union will oppose any plan to force children of the masses out of school by imposing on them dues that are the duties of federal government.

The ASUU chairman concluded his statement by saying that while the masses are groaning in hardship, the political class have increased their number and stored enough money taken from the collective patrimony in preparation for the 2019 general elections.

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