We Won’t Allow You To Kill Public Universities – ASUU To Tinubu’s Govt

We Won’t Allow You To Kill Public Universities – ASUU To Tinubu’s Govt

by Victor Ndubuisi

The Nigerian educational sector will not be “killed” by the political class, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The academic organisation claims that the government is not giving Nigeria’s education system, from primary to tertiary, the attention it needs.

ASUU highlighted that, for at least the last eight and a half years, the government has not offered any significant measures that could result in improvements to the sector’s ability to collect damages, especially in the education sector. Rather, the government has become adept at creating meaningless claims.

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Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, National President of ASUU, encouraged the federal government and all tiers of government to take action and adopt policies that would alleviate the suffering of the masses in the upcoming year.


“There are so many funds with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) which belong to various state governments, which they are not accessing because they refused to provide their counterpart funds to claim what is due to them.

“So what this means is that the concerned states are not interested in improving their public schools; they are comfortable seeing the public schools go down while the private ones continue to thrive.

“These are some of what the political class is doing to the public tertiary institutions, too; to kill them the way they have killed public primary and secondary education.

“However, we (ASUU) won’t allow them to kill public universities because if we do, children of the poor may not be able to afford university education again in the country.

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“Another thing is; that the Nigerian political class does not have a genuine interest in developing public school education; this is why they have low budgetary allocations to the sector.

“It is of recent that only three states, namely, Oyo, Abia and Enugu, are now showing signs of seriousness to the education sector by allocating a reasonable percentage of their 2024 annual budgets to education,” Osodeke mentioned.


According to Osodoke, ASUU thinks the three states it listed have come to the realisation that sensible and advantageous change can only come about through excellent and high-quality education, not only in the lives of its residents but also in the general growth of the states and the nation.

The academic union is hopeful these states will follow their budget plans and not stray from them for personal gain.

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It went on to say that it would be extremely helpful if all levels of government could adopt a thorough strategy for the education sector in the coming year and successfully address problem areas, resulting in a significant and constructive change that goes beyond merely making verbal promises.


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