ASUU – FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN FINANCE EDUCATION WITHOUT A LOAN
The Academic Staff Union of University said the federal government has the money to fund its claim, but remains committed to improving the education sector in the country. ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said the union had not told the federal government to borrow to finance their needs.
He said that the country’s higher education institutions have suffered enough failures and therefore the authorities should be aware of their obligations.
He said, “Who is asking them to borrow? They (the federal government) have the money. If they could issue 400 billion naira to traders’ money, would they borrow? Is the merchant’s money more important than closing the university?
“If they spend 200 billion naira on sending children to school, which we don’t see; if they can be seen as a bargain to the guy who stole 80 billion naira, they should let Nigerians know they don’t care about education rather than making lame excuses.
“We don’t ask the government to borrow; We say they should fund education.
Recall that Ebonyi Governor David Umahi previously said that the government could not borrow N1 billion to meet ASUU’s request.
Umahi, while receiving board members of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund in Abkaliki, the state capital, said, “There is no way the country will borrow N1.1 million to meet the request from ASUU. It’s quite unreasonable. Are their claims sincere? Yes, but we can start small.
In response, the ASUU president stated: “Is he a government spokesman? We will not answer him.
In the same vein, President of the National Association of Parents and Teachers of Nigeria, Haruna Danjuma, said that the Governor of Ebonyi State is speaking his mind.
“I believe that is Umahi’s position and he is not speaking for the President or the Federal Government,” he said. We also have a Minister of Education. So I take that as his point of view.
“Parents are not saying that the federal government should borrow that amount of money to equip our university, and I don’t think ASUU has told the federal government to borrow money to fund our universities. . To borrow or not to borrow is up to the government.