The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi has described the Federal Government’s new promises as cheap and has vowed to disregard any promises made by the Federal Government.
ASUU President said this during an interview on Lagos TV which came hours after the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu appealed to the Union to resume and that the 20billion Naira revitalization fund will be disbursed in some weeks.
According to Professor Ogunyemi, the Federal Government is in the habit of making cheap promises in order to avoid their responsibilities rather than taking an actual step to solving a situation. Professor Ogunyemi also vowed that the members of the Union would not be persuaded by cheap promises of the Federal Government.
He also condemned the reduction in the budget for education over the past few years, emphasising that the education sector of any nation should always be given adequate funding and should be considered a priority.
Below is an extract of Professor Ogunyemi’s statement;
“We have concluded that promises from the government are very cheap. We are not bothered about what promises the government makes now.”
“There was an inter-ministerial retreat on education where the Minister (of Education) said for a nation to develop, it must earmark not less than 20 per cent to education.
“This year’s budget, we have seven percent, the previous year was seven per cent. If you go back to 2014, it was 12 per cent, 2015 was 11 percent and it came down to eight per cent in 2016. And, in the last two years, the budgetary allocation has been seven per cent.”