ASUU Slam FG Over Failure To Release N1.3trn

ASUU News: The Academic Staff Union of Universities has condemned the Federal Government’s over the failure to release the sum of N1.3tr meant for the revitalisation of the nation’s universities.

Chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, who made the disclosure in Ibadan during the University of Ibadan 63rd Post-Graduate School Interdisciplinary Discourse  said, the Federal Government agreed to release the amount meant for the institutions over a period of five years, with the first disbursement being N200bn in 2013, while N220b was agreed to be released in each of the four remaining years. The agreement led to ASUU’s suspension of its last strike in December 2013.

Ajiboye said,“An expression of the lack of integrity is failure to keep a promise made in public. For example, the Federal Government has failed to release the promised sum of N1.3tr National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy’s intervention fund beyond the 200bn released for 2013. Since the release of the first batch of the money, no money was released in 2014 while a quarter of 2015 has passed with nothing from the government.”

Ajiboye said,“An expression of the lack of integrity is failure to keep a promise made in public. For example, the Federal Government has failed to release the promised sum of N1.3tr National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy’s intervention fund beyond the 200bn released for 2013. Since the release of the first batch of the money, no money was released in 2014 while a quarter of 2015 has passed with nothing from the government.”

He added that the lack of integrity on the part of the government and its officials led to the 19 strikes which the union had embarked upon between 1992 and 2013.

Fagge, who was at the University of Ibadan 63 Interdisciplinary Discourse also lamented that the reasons for going on series of strikes for 21 years were hinged on governments not honouring their the agreements they freely signed with the university lecturers.

According to the ASUU president, while the federal government continues to cripple the operation of public universities through stiffening under funding, the effects of such deliberate action of government are the “Contemporary assessment of products of the system characterized them as unemployable and lacking in basic social, emotional and literacy skills. The educational curricula, programmes and pedagogy today are as irrelevant and unrealistic as they were in colonial times.”

Speaking on the topic “ASUU struggles and the Revitilisation of Public University Education in Nigeria”, Fagge, who was represented by his Vice president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the condition fuelling ASUU strikes included poor funding, inadequate remuneration, inadequate capacity, brain drain, poor infrastructure, violation of university autonomy and academic freedom, failure of government to implement recommendations of its own review panels, violations of agreements freely entered into by governments, inconsistent policies and poor planning, corruption and poor management of funds by university administrators.”

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