ASUU accuses Federal Government of refusal to address Universities issues with 200 billion Naira, but spend 4 trillion Naira on fuel subsidy.
Written by News Room on April 21, 2022
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal Government of failing to prioritise the development of university education in the country.
ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke who made the assertion on Wednesday during an interview on a national television, wondered why a government that cannot raise 200 billion Naira to revamp all Nigerian universities and bring them to world standard, but that same government can raise 4 trillion Naira for fuel subsidy.
While asking that fuel subsidy and university education, which is more important to any country that wants to move forward, he decried the situation where the government is focusing its attention on fuel subsidy which he believes does not exist, rather than showing interest in revamping the nation’s universities.
He went further that government spend 228 billion Naira to feed children in primary and secondary schools, but cannot raise 200 billion Naira to fund its universities; regretting that government has misplaced priority.
More than two months since lecturers downed tools, the ASUU president alleged that the government has been insensitive to the union’s demands, noting that government has refused to make any definite move to address the demands of the lecturers since the strike which crippled activities across public universities began in February.