Just when Ruga settlement takes away Nigeria’s federal government from education sector and the rots facing it, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has called attention of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, described policy on education as wicked and criminal against the needs of Nigerian youths.
ASUU accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government of a deliberate plan to starve public education with funds in order to deny Nigerian youths the right to know and challenge misrule.
This was contained In a statement signed by its chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter, Prof. Deji Omole on Sunday, the union lamented that the sacrifices of understaffed and underpaid Nigerian academics will be futile if President Buhari does not increase education funding.
Scannews 24 gathered that The Chairman further stated that the University of Ibadan was presently groaning due to paucity of funds, insufficient staff, decayed infrastructure and bad laboratories.
According to reports, ASUU claimed education is not the priority of the Buhari-led government.
Adding to the statement, he revealed that due to paucity of funds, over 500,000 Nigerian children who needed public university education were turned down annually due to poor funding, decayed infrastructure and reduced manpower.
He maintained that unless drastic measures are taken to cater for the needs of the Nigerian children, majority of them will fight back with crime.
In his words: “APC Government’s failure to fund education is a design to kill public universities. University of Ibadan is groaning terribly due to paucity of funds. Retired academics cannot be replaced because government deliberately refused to make budgetary provision for growth and development.
“This crisis has led to the staff on ground being overworked, leading to early deaths of many of our colleagues. Education is not the priority of this government.
“Due to paucity of funds, many universities, including University of Ibadan, the nation’s premier university, cannot admit many qualified candidates into the universities.
“This is dangerous to the society as the rejected qualified and brilliant candidates may eventually take to crimes because the country has rejected them. The policy is not only wicked but criminal,” the statement reads in part.