Ibadan – Dr. Deji Omole, Chairman of the University of Ibadan branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) , on Monday said the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to adequately fund public universities was already causing gradual crisis of confrontation between university administrations and students in some parts of the country.
Omole who stated this while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan Monday, declared that the nonchalant attitude of the Buhari-led government to education appears to be the worse in the history of Nigeria with about 7 percent allocation to education.
He said, “It would be difficult to have a citizen that would love the country in the future if the current trend of abandoning the poor while taking care of the rich continued. While each senators is paid N13.5 million as running cost per month, the same Senate appropriated a paltry sum of N66 million for capital projects for University of Ibadan with students population of about 30,000.
“This can only happen where the ruling class lacks vision like Nigeria. This same government refuses to drop a kobo for the revitalisation 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 N800 billion revitalisation funds to public varsities as contained in the agreements with ASUU.”
Omole who declared that ASUU would oppose any plan to force children of the masses out of school by imposing on them the dues that are the duties of the Federal Government, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has performed poorly in education.
He accused the President Buhari government of paying lip service to education but prefers to pacify militants and terrorists with public funds.
ASUU chairman noted that while the masses were groaning in hardship the political class have increased in sizes and stored enough money taken from the collective patrimony in preparation for 2019 general elections.