The National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has called on governments at all levels to give prioritize education.
He said: “Look at our budgets for education in the last five years at national; we have not gone beyond eight per cent such that in 2018, the sector was given seven per cent which was a far cry from what we need.”
“Though we say that the Federal Government was not doing much, the state governments are even the worst culprits.
“The governors prefer awarding contracts in primaries and secondary schools rather than to pay counterpart fund to enable them access Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds.”
“In 2017, a total of 17 states could not access their fund piling up in UBEC because they couldn’t pay their counterpart fund.”
He said: “During last strike we embarked on, FG assured ASUU that it will pay N25 billion out of the whole lot Government was supposed to pay to the universities.”
“Since February 17, that we entered the agreement with government and they said in two weeks time, this is three months now, nothing has happened”.