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ASUU alleges ruling class destroying varsity education

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised the alarm of alleged plan by the ruling class in Nigeria to destroy tertiary education the way public primary and secondary education were destroyed.

ASUU said in terms of education funding, both Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have failed Nigerian children.

ASUU said the plan became obvious with the refusal of the ruling APC to inject revitalisation fund into public varsity education in the country to assist children of the downtrodden enjoy qualitative education and be able to challenge misrule in future.

The chairman, ASUU, University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, stated this yesterday in Ibadan.

According to Omole, only former President Goodluck Jonathan injected N200 billion for the revitalisation of public varsities after an industrial action of almost six months in 2013.

The union and Federal Government agreed that a sum of N1.1 3trilion would be injected into public universities over a period of six years but the Federal Government only paid N200 million in 2013 and nothing till date.

He lambasted the ruling government of President Muhammadu Buhari for not changing anything in the area of revitalisation of public universities even after the union went on strike in 2017.

Omole noted that infrastructure in Nigeria public varsities are worse off today than when the Federal Government conducted the NEEDS assessment on public varsities in 2012.

“Public universities are grossly underfunded leading to serious pressure on the available resources which have been stressed beyond elastic limits. Many qualified candidates cannot be absorbed into the system due to lack of adequate facilities. Children of the masses are housed in zoo-like condition.’’


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