No Renegotiation On ASUU’s Paltry N87bn, National Assembly Spent N1tn In 8 Years – APC

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The Federal Government should honour its agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in order to end the ongoing strike that has paralyzed academic activities in government-owned universities, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.

The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday that no government can afford to play with education, because it is the path to national
development.

According to the party, ASUU was not making any fresh demands beyond the agreement it reached with the government in 2009, adding: “Agreements are meant to be honoured, and breaching them comes with some consequences.”

APC said the industrial action by the university lecturers which has kept students in public universities at home for many weeks is a further blow to the country’s education system which has deteriorated so much that no Nigerian university is currently listed in the top 100 universities in the world and only a few Nigerian universities have made the top 100 in Africa.

“The 87 billion naira that ASUU is demanding represents earned allowances hence cannot be renegotiated. In any case, this amount pales into insignificance when placed side by side with the 1 trillion naira that has been spent on federal legislators in the past 8 years; or the frivolity involved in a government minister travelling to China to negotiate a $1 billion loan in a chartered jet (with its attendant costs) and with a retinue of staffers who earned generous estacode in hard currency.

“It is an indication of the kind of priority that this Federal Government attaches to education that while it has refused to meet its own side of an agreement it reached with ASUU since 2009, it could pay out 3 trillion naira in non-existent fuel subsidies to fat cats, spend 10 billion naira annually to maintain the jets in the presidential fleet and do little or nothing to prevent the stealing of 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which translates to $120 million in a month, money that surely ends up in some people’s pockets!

“What we are saying is that if the Federal Government would reduce its profligacy and cut waste, there will be enough money to pay teachers in public universities, as well as fund research and upgrade infrastructure in such institutions. Hungry teachers can neither teach well nor carry out research. And poorly-taught students can neither excel nor propel their nation to great
heights,” the statement said.

The party also registered its disgust at the demonstrated nonchalance of those who should be working round the clock to resolve the crisis, especially the Minister of State for Education Nyeson Wike, who the party said has enough time on his hands “to be launching vigilance groups and dancing ‘palongo’ around town when the nation’s public universities are shut and students are languishing. This is shameful and totally unacceptable.”

“We are not surprised because most government officials have sent their children and wards to foreign universities, hence do not give a damn if the children of others are in school or not.

“Education is the key to national development. This is why UNESCO has recommended an allocation of at least 26% of national budgets to that critical sector. Therefore, talking about national growth and development without adequately funding education is a pipe dream!” APC said.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I really believe that Lai Mohamed is being unpatriotic and has gone too far when he stated that “The 87 billion naira that ASUU is demanding represents earned allowances hence cannot be renegotiated. In any case, this amount pales into insignificance when placed side by side with the 1 trillion naira that has been spent on federal legislators in the past 8 years”. Such inflammatory statements is irresponsible, irresponsive and uncalled for. In case he has forgotten, the APC has members in the National Assembly none of whom raised an eye brow or rejected any allowances paid to members of the national assembly. In any case, two wrongs do not make a right.

    • Dear you lost bearing!
      I’m sure if you may have similar avenue to that Of jonathan, you can do more harm to this nation,lai was able to be frank and unbiased in all he said which is the only truth and bitter! I hope your age is not within the active class so that you won’t last long to damage the state. be wise and patriotic pls!

  2. This is what APC is good for….. Just to criticize the president & the national assembley, forgetting that tinubu and his co APC members are very currupt people. I wonder how APC will win an election with the way they are going about criticizing other political parties at every little thing.

  3. APC is the worst thing to happen in Nigeria, they have members in the National Assembly who are collecting this hefty salaries and allowances and sees nothing wrong with it, yet they blame the president for everything. This is not the change we want, these people are just after power and nothing more

  4. There is no need being sentimental on this issue. FG should d agreement reached with ASUU. Those calling ASUU strike a minor issue need to rethink. Probably they are ignorance…

  5. Whenever lai muhammed is criticizing the government i don’t blame him,there are three reason for criticizing 1 for better 2 ignorance 3 self benefit! Choose yours.

  6. Criticism from APC those not signifying that they will be able to overthrow the present government. Because am very conscious that Nigerians are not blind and they can hear what has been happening in the state of APC governors. This make it more apparently that if APC win in the forth coming election am afraid Nigerian state wil live misteriously. We have seen noting now, and we’r still not confortable it will be more worst if will allow the socalled Anti-People Congress to rule us.

  7. If the FG can be spending much on irrelevant things and thinks ASUU strike is just a minor issue then this present government has failed us again. I advise the FG and the present rulling party to solve the problem of ASUU strike and remember that one good turn deserves another.

  8. APC and PDP. All of u are same of bcos u guys are not in power. Just to criticize the president & the national assembly, forgetting that tinubu and APC members the are full of corruption. So nothing is new. God has always c us through.

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