*says future of education in Nigeria is bleak
; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Chairman of University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Deji Omole on Sunday advised the Federal Government to pay the N25 billion Earned Academic Allowances it agreed to pay before the union suspended its strike in February, 2019
Professor Omole who gave the advice in Ibadan while speaking with journalists hinted that while government has released N20billion revitalization fund to Universities, ” no University has received the N25billion Earned Academic Allowances that government claimed it has released.”
According to Professor Omole, there is the need for the government to do the needful by paying the Earned Academic Allowance on time.
“The N20billion for revatilisation has been sent to the universities. The issue of renegotiation has started. The issue of the payment of Earned Academic Allowances has not been done months after suspending the strike. Government claimed it has released the money but it has not reached the university so that is why we are saying that in terms of the timelines,” he said.
Professor Omole added “we can say we have not followed the MOA religiously. But in a country where everything has to stop for elections, we assume government will do the needful and put issues in the MOA behind us by fully implementing it now that elections are over”
Speaking further, Professor Omole lamented the 2019 budget proposal for the education sector in Nigeria adding that the rising insecurity in Nigeria was among the consequences of the government’s failure to fund education and educate children of the masses.
“We are not happy about 2019 budget to education. They presented this budget while we were on strike. We had assumed that a government that promised change will increase the budgetary allocation to education while the university staffs are on strike “.
Pointing out that the 2019 budget allocation for the education sector ” is about the worst in recent past”, Professor Omole charged the ruling class to see the rising insecurity as one of the consequences of failing educate the nation and attending to the welfare of the people.
“This is about the worst in recent past. You can know that when you have such an attitude from people in Government who feel that they can achieve much without education, the future of that country is bleak.”