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ASUU Lament Inadequate Funding Of Public Universities

Posted: Apr 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lamented inadequate funding and other measures being taken by government which it says is crippling Nigerian university system.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU Professor Nanmwa Voncir stated this in a  in Bauchi yesterday. He said that? successive governments have tried to destroy university system through? various ways in the past.
He however said that,ASUU has always resisted the moves through its various struggles.

According to him, “In years past, the Federal Government of Nigeria has continued to cut down the funding of Universities especially the capital and overhead costs leading to dilapidated infrastructures and equipments /facilities.

Prof Voncir said that the only saving grace for the universities and other tertiary institutions was the intervention by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund)?.

He said while the universities are bogged down by inadequate funding , adding that its? personnel cost was also reduced with effect that most universities can not pay monthly salaries of their staff.

He stated that the union viewed the move as an attempt by the Federal Government to start the privatisation of the universities.

“You are also aware that recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria ordered the closure of all University Staff Primary Schools and the sacking of the staff. This is a direct confrontation with the union because the staff primary school is a product of a negotiated agreement between ASUU and FGN (From 1992 to date),”he added.

The union  therefore call on Nigerians to rise against any plan by the government to undermine the universities.

He said “We also want to let the government to know that we shall not abandon our role of being the watchdog and defender of the society. We shall do everything within our powers to stop the drift towards privatization of public Universities in Nigeria. The current industrial peace on universities campuses should not be endangered by the Federal Government”.