FG Yet To Release N100bn ToVarsities, Says ASUU



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FG Yet To Release N100bn ToVarsities, Says ASUU
Posted on: November 01, 2013, 07:57:09 AM
Despite claims by the Federal
government that the sum of N100
billion had been disbursed to 59
public universities to improve
infrastructure in the benefitting
institutions, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has alleged that
none of the universities had received
the said sum. This is just as former Head of State,
General Yakubu Gowon has appealed
to both parties to strike a compromise
for the sake of our children and the
country. Chairman of the Federal University of
Agriculture Makurdi branch of ASUU,
Dr. Celestine Aguoru, who spoke
yesterday after leading members of
the branch on a peaceful march
around Makurdi town in protest of the lingering Federal Government/ASUU
face-off said: “As we are talking today,
government has not released one
kobo out of the N100 billion they
claimed they have given the
universities; this goes to show the level of insincerity of the government “The truth is that government is
paying lip service to the development
of education in this country and has
therefore resorted to playing politics
with the education sector and the
future of our children. “It is rather unfortunate that majority
of those who are leading us today
went to school in their time on
scholarships, but today they do not
want our children to benefit from that
same gesture, all because of greed. “Today we are faced with a situation
where the amount Nigerians spend
yearly to educate their children in
Ghana is far more than the yearly
budgetary allocation to the education
sector. “Our leaders are not being fair to our
country, government should as a
matter of priority implement its
agreements with ASUU, Nigerians are
tired of this deceit; they should
remember that if they continue to negate their responsibilities to the
people, one day they will certainly give
account to God.” Meanwhile, General Gowon, who
spoke in Lagos at the launch the first
edition of the Shell Nigeria Scholars
Forum, for the beneficiaries of its
scholarship argued that one of the
parties must be prepared to yield ground in order to save the education
sector. He said: “I do believe it is time
for all lovers of education to come
together and get both the federal
government and ASUU to return to the
negotiation table and resolve all outstanding grievances. Both sides
must be willing to yield ground for the
sake of our children and that of our
dear country Nigeria.” In an elaborate ceremony chaired by
Gowon, the Country Chair, Shell
Companies in Nigeria, and Managing
Director, SPDC, Mr Mutiu Sunmonu, said
the forum “would serve as a meeting
place for all beneficiaries of Shell post secondary scholarship schemes.

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