By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday disclosed that it will oppose any plan to force children of masses out of school by imposing undue fees on them.
Specifically, ASUU declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has performed poorly in Education and that the masses are groaning in hardship the political class have increased in sizes and store enough money taken from the collective patrimony in preparation for 2019 general elections.
Speaking through the University of Ibadan Chapter Chairman of the union Dr Deji Omole , ASUU accused President Mihammadu Buhari government of preparing the country for a greater future doom with the stifling of education funding under
ASUU while frowning at the nonchalant attitude of the President Buhari-led government to education which according to ASUU “appears to be the worse in the history of Nigeria with about 7percent allocation to Education.”
The union maintained that the failure to vote enough money to public varsity education is already causing gradual crisis of confrontation between University administration and students in some parts of the country.
“It will be difficult to have a citizen that will love the country in the future if the current trend of abandoning the poor while taking care of the rich.While each senators is paid N13.5million as running cost per month the same Senate appropriated a paltry sum of N66million for capital projects for University of Ibadan with students population of about 30,000 .” he said.
Dt Omole added “this can only happen where the ruling class lack vision like Nigeria. This same government refuses to drop a kobo for the revitalization of public universities. Now many children of the masses are denied access because universities cannot admit beyond what the dilapidated infrastructure can take. Yet their parents cannot afford private university. the federal government is owing about N800billion revitalization funds to public varsities as contained in the agreements with ASUU”
Emphasizing that ASUU will oppose any plan to force children of masses out of school by imposing on them the dues that are the duties of federal government, said the ruling APC has performed poorly in Education. he said the United States of America that all elites run to funds her public varsities because the USA is interested in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor knows the negative implication of having a growing pool of illiterates as we have in Nigeria.
He however noted that the President Buhari government has paid lip service to public education but prefers to pacify militants and terrorists.