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Most Nigerian Universities Are Ordinary Caricatures — Asuu President

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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.
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Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National
President, Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) has called on
governments at all levels to give priority
attention to education.

Ogunyemi made the call in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on
Saturday in Akwa.

He said that since the return of
democracy in Nigeria 20 years ago,
successive governments had merely paid
lips service to the education sector.

Ogunyemi noted that as a result of this,
most Nigerian universities were ordinary
caricatures to what ideal universities
should be.

“Look at our budgets for education in the
last five years at national; we have not
gone beyond eight per cent such that in
2018, the sector was given seven per cent
which was a far cry from what we need.

“Though we say that the Federal
Government was not doing much, the
state governments are even the worst

“The governors prefer awarding contracts
in primaries and secondary schools rather
than to pay counterpart fund to enable
them access Universal Basic Education
Commission (UBEC) funds.

“In 2017, a total of 17 states could not
access their fund piling up in UBEC
because they couldn’t pay their
counterpart fund,” he said.

Ogunyemi said if things must work,
governments had look into the education
system and tackle the myriad of
challenges plaguing the sector.

He insisted that numerous challenges
bedeviling the country such as insecurity,
unemployment, drug related offences,
cultism and other socio-economic cum
political challenges were due to poor
attention to the education sector.

Ogunyemi who was in Awka to attend the
valedictory lecture and book presentation
by Emeritus Professor of Chemistry,
Ikenna Onyido, used the occasion to
appeal to the FG to release the 25 billion
naira it agreed with ASUU in February.

“During last strike we embarked on, FG
assured ASUU that it will pay N25 billion
out of the whole lot Government was
supposed to pay to the universities.

“Since February 17, that we entered the
agreement with government and they said
in two weeks time, this is three months
now, nothing has happened”, he said.

The ASUU boss called on Nigerians to talk
to the government on the matter, noting
that his leadership of the union would not
have the power to prevent its members
from any action they want to take on the

source:- www.dailytrust.com.ng/most-nigerian-universities-are-ordinary-caricatures-asuu-president.html

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