IBADAN – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday attributed the increasing rate of insecurity in the country to the fallout of the Federal Government’s failure to properly fund education and educate children of the masses.
Professor Deji Omole, Chairman of the University of Ibadan (UI) branch of ASUU, who made this observation, said Nigeria’s future looked bleak with the attitude of the country’s political leaders to funding education.
Omole maintained that the Union was unhappy with the 2019 budget allocation to education.
The ASUU boss stated that the ruling class should see the rising insecurity as one of the consequences of their failure to educate the nation and attend to the welfare of the people.
The Union advised the Federal government to pay the N25billion Earned Academic Allowances it agreed to pay before the Union suspended its strike in February, 2019.
According to him, while the government has released N20billion revitalisation fund to Universities, no University has received the N25billion Earned Academic Allowances that government claimed it has released.
The Union says it expects the government to strictly follow the timelines allocated to meeting specific demands now that elections are over.
While noting that the Union is discussing renegotiation of its agreements with the government, Omole stated that government should do the needful and implement all outstanding components of the Memorandum.
“The N20 billion for revitilisation has been sent to the universities. The issue of renegotiation has started. The issue of the payment of Earned Academic Allowances has not been done months after suspending the strike. The government claimed it had released the money but it has not reached the university so that is why we are saying that in terms of the timelines, we can say we have not followed the MOA religiously. But in a country where everything has to stop for elections, we assume the government will do the needful and put issues in the MOA behind us by fully implementing it now that elections are over”
“We are not happy about 2019 budget to education. They presented this budget while we were on strike. We had assumed that a government that promised change will increase the budgetary allocation to education while the university staffs are on strike. However, we realised that the budget was further cut down in terms of percentage allocated to education. This is about the worst in the recent past. You can understand that when such an attitude from people in Government who feel that they can achieve much without education, the future of that country is bleak.”
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