THE Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to redirect parts of the budgets of the Presidency and the National Assembly to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
SERAP urged Buhari to use part of the N3.6 billion budgeted for the Presidency for feeding and travels, and the N134 billion allocated to the National Assembly, to fund ASUU’s demands and end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.
In a statement released on Sunday by Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said the inequality in educational opportunities in the country would be addressed if ASUU’s demands are met.
Expressing displeasure over the Federal Government’s failure to implement agreements earlier reached with the union, SERAP urged Buhari to take action on ASUU’s demands within seven days or face legal action.
“If people have access to education, they can develop the skills, capacity and confidence to secure other rights.
“Education gives people the ability to access information detailing the range of rights that they hold, and government’s obligations,” the group said.
SERAP also called for the recovery of missing public funds from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government to fund public tertiary institutions.