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ASUU Bemoans FG’s Allocation To Education Sector


In what looks like expression of disappointment, the Academic Staff
Union of Universities( ASUU), said the Federal Government’s decision to
reduce  allocation to the education sector from 11 per cent in 2015 to 8
per cent in 2016 was amazingly disturbing.
ASUU, which mainatined
that, should that practice  continue, they would be left with no option
than to opine that the government is paying lip service towards
reforming edcuation.
Speaking at a press conference, the  union’s
Sokoto zonal coordinator, Dr Lawal Argungu, said lack of prosper funding
was responsible for low ranking of Nigerian universities.

“The
way FGN treats the funding of education in this country makes it
difficult for ASUU to believe the sincerity of the government in
reforming 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, insisted that despite over N1.3
trillion earmarked for the revitalization of the Nigerian Universities
in 2013, there was still an arrears of  N 605 billion.
Decrying
how such scenarios negatively affects our educational ranking, Dr.
Argungu stressed that, it leads to serial inadequacies in the systems.
‘’The
terrible decay, rot and huge inadequacy of training facilities in
Nigerian Universities, is responsible for the inability of out of the
over 100 Universities we have in this country,none can qualify to be
among the best 1000 Universities in the world.
‘’It also explains why a good number of Nigerian graduates are not marketable in the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.’’
Dr.
Argungu submitted that, in 2009, ASUU/FGN entered into an agreement
permitting ASUU to establish Nigerian University Pension Management
Company( NUPEMCO).
He however lamented that, the issue of licensing the company since the signing of the agreement has been painfully dragging.
Argungu
argued that both the  federal and some state government have
unilaterally created shortfalls in the emoluments  of workers.
This
according to him were in terms of arrears of salaries, excess workload
allowances, earned academic allowances and general funding.
He made reference to Kebbi State government handling of its Science and Technology University in Aliero as a case study.

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