The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has accused the Federal Government of being responsible for the country’s educational backwardness.
ASUU called on the government to commence the process for the payment of N623 billion, being backlog of earned academic allowances and funding of universities.
The Union’s national President, Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi, frowned on the alleged continuous breach of various Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the government and ASUU between 2009 and 2015.
He alleges that the Federal Government was in arrears of N495 billion as at the first quarter of 2016, in respect of the NEEDS assessment fund for the revitalisation of public universities.
The Federal Government was further accused of failing to disburse the outstanding balance of N65,833,047,372.24 (2009-2013), in addition to N62,417,645,224.23 (2014-2016) amounting to N128,250,692,596.47 as contained in the report of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement implementation Committee, IMC.
Ogunyemi warned against undue and further delay in the implementation of various agreements signed between both parties.
Comrade Ogunyemi, also kicked against the federal government’s policy to scrap the post-University Matriculation Tertiary Examination, saying the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, could not admit students for universities.
Hear him; “The cancellation of Post-UTME, to us, portends serious danger for the quality of education in this country. The argument of the Federal Government on the policy is unacceptable and potentially harmful to the future of Nigeria’s education system.
We call on government to rescind its decision and convene a genuine stakeholders meeting on the issue before making any policy.”
Ogunyemi said the action by government was typical of its current lukewarm attitude towards the spirit and letters of the FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009, vowing that the union as an important stakeholder in the university system will continue to draw the attention of all concerned to possible threat to peaceful development and growth of the Nigerian Education System.