- The talks between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of the University regarding its demands are still on
- This is as the federal government is yet to meet the demands of the nation’s educational body hence the fate of the students is still left hanging
- In a recent move by ASUU, its president actually, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to settle its demands on the account of the fuel subsidy
The president of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has said the federal government has not demonstrated readiness to address the prolonged ASUU strike that has forced Nigerian students in public tertiary institutions at home.
He said the government has addressed the issue of fuel subsidy with a budget of 4 trillion while it ignored the addressing issues of her university education.
Prof. Osodoke said if the government took only N200bn from the N4 trillion budget for subsidy it would still have a whopping N3.8 trillion to address the matter where the University is challenged and would come up with solutions to it, The Nigerian Tribune reports.
FG should prioritise education
Osodeke also called on the Nigerian government to prioritize education to fuel subsidy, which he pointed out the Nigerian intelligentsia in the universities can address.
According to him, the Nigerian University can provide a refinery within three years, as part of measures to rid the nation of the loss incurred on subsidy.
Professor Osodeke argued that:
“It is always very funny, that the Government, who cannot raise 200 billion to revamp all Nigeria universities annually, to world standards
The same government can raise N4 trillion Naira for fuel subsidies. Fuel subsidy and Nigerian education which is more important to any country that wants to move forward?
You can raise a budget to make N4 trillion for subsidies a year, but you cannot raise N200bn to fund your education where you don’t have the infrastructure.
You can spend N228 billion to feed children in primary or secondary schools. But you cannot raise this fund for your university, it is an issue of priority. That is the problem.
If you remove N200m from N4 trillion, to fund your universities, you still have N3.8trillion for fuel subsidy.
UTAS: NADIR blasts ASUU over threat to withdraw Kashifu Inuwa’s degree
Meanwhile, the Network of Advocates for Digital Reporting (NADIR) has lampooned ASUU over its recent statement that its Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University chapter is planning to withdraw the degree of Inuwa.
A spokesman of NADIR, Bello Shehu described the plot as laughable and ill-advised, adding that no one should be intimated for doing their job.
In a statement to vostvnaija, Shehu stated that the lecturers should know better than throwing caution to the wind and making a fundamental blunder.
More Nigerian youths leave Nigeria as United Kingdom approves 34, 816 student Visas in two years
A record number of Nigerian youths in search of good education and hopefully a better life were welcome to the United Kingdom in the last two years.
This was disclosed in a report contained in The Times on Monday, titled, Huge rise in non-EU migrants to Britain
According to the report, Nigerian students recorded the highest student visa approval jump from 8384 in 2019 to 43,200 by 2022.
This is a huge rise of 415.3% in 2 years.