ASUU decries reduced budgetary allocation to education



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has decried the reduction by the Federal Government, of allocation to the education sector, from 11 per cent in 2015, to eight per cent in 2016.

ASUU Sokoto Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Lawal Argungu, who made the union’s stand known at a press conference in Sokoto, yesterday, said: “The way the Federal Government treats the funding of education in this country, makes it difficult for ASUU to believe its sincerity regarding the reformation of the education sector in Nigeria.

‘’It is certainly quite possible for us to reposition our educational sector appropriately, if we put our priorities right in this country, in spite of the apparent economic hardship,” Argungu stated, adding that, ‘’The union is willing to use every legitimate instrument at its disposal, to ensure government fund universities as contained in valid agreements.”

He expressed regrets that out of the over N1.3 trillion earmarked for the revitalisation of the Nigerian universities in 2013, there was still an arrears of N605 billion.

Argungu said that the revitalisation was part of the agreement reached between the union and the Federal Government to be accomplished between 2013 and 2018.

According to him, the union is grossly disappointed with the way the FGN breached this fundamental agreement.

He said the only time it was implemented was in 2013, leaving the arrears of N605 billion as at the third quarter of 2016.

Argungu, who attributed the decay, rot and inadequate training facilities in Nigerian universities to the inability of over 100 universities to be among the best 1000 in the world, said, “It also explains why a good number of Nigerian graduates are not marketable in the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.’’ he added.

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