The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is only preparing the country for a greater future doom with the poor funding of education in the last two years.
“While each senator 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,” said Deji Omole, Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan branch, on Monday.
He lamented that education funding is at its lowest under the Buhari-led administration, noting that the stifling of education funding under the administration is preparing the country for a greater future doom.
Omole said the nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government to education seems to be the worst in the country’s history, with only about seven percent allocation.
“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,” he warned.
“This can only happen where the ruling class lacks vision like Nigeria. This same government refuses to drop a kobo for the revitalization of public universities.”
The ASUU Chairman also noted that the failure to allocate enough money to public institutions is already causing a gradual crisis of confrontation between students and their respective administrations in some parts of the country.
“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 owes about N800billion revitalization funds to public varsities as contained in the agreements with ASUU.”
Omole vowed that the union would resist any plan to force children of the masses out of school by imposing on them dues that are Federal Government responsibilities just as he reiterated that the ruling APC has performed poorly in education.
He said that the President has continued to pay lip service to public education while pacifying militants and terrorists.
The ASUU chairman stated that the masses continue to groan in hardship, while the political class continues to increase their number and pile up enough money taken from the collective patrimony ahead of the 2019 general elections.
In 2016, N480bn was budgeted for education, representing 7.05 percent of the total budget, which was N6.8trn. In 2017, N550bn was allocated to education, representing 7.40 percent of the total budget, which was N7.4trn; while in 2018, the government proposed N605bn for the education sector out of the N8.6trn, the total proposed budget for the year. It represents 7.03 percent of the total