Update On ASUU Strike: Students Set To Shut Down Private Universities

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University students under the umbrella of National
Association of Nigerian Students, NANS,
took to the streets in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital,
calling on the Federal Government to accept the
demands of the Academic Staff Union of
Universities, ASUU.
They equally threatened to shut down activities in
the private universities in the country should the
crisis continue.
The students who displayed several placards with
various inscriptions, lambasted the Federal
Government for its failure to honour the agreement
it entered into with ASUU since 2009.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Asafon
Sunday, Director of Action and Mobilisation NANS,
South-West, claimed between 2000 and 2011, the
Nigerian government earned about N48.48 trillion
from the sale of crude oil alone, against N3.10 trillion
earned between 1979 and 1999
He said the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, in
2012 financial year generated N5.12 trillion
from tax paid by the masses.
According to him: “With this tremendous upswing in
the revenue at the disposal of the Nigerian
government, one would have expected such to
translate to commensurate improvement in the
quality of Nigeria’s public education as well as other
social services.”
He condemned the refusal of the Federal Government to
budget a reasonable amount of money to the education
sector as recommended by UNESCO which is 26 per
cent of the country’s total budget.
Sunday noted that some countries with smaller
Gross Domestic Product, GDP, like Ghana, Cote
d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco and Botswana had
budgetary allocations to education sector as follow,
31 per cent, 20 per cent, 23 per cent,17.7 per cent
and 19 per cent respectively as opposed to the 8.5 per cent that the Nigeria government had budgeted for education in
2013.
Also speaking, Steven Adara, a student leader from
Ekiti State University, EKSU , lamented that
government officials and prominent Nigerians were
not bothered about the crisis in the public
universities because their children were in either private
Universities, or overseas.
According to him: “We will mobilise and disrupt
academic activities in the private universities
because it is the sons and daughters of the rich that
are in these schools.”
BTW, I am of the opinion that “the rich” as mentioned by Steven Adara is inclusive but not made up entirely of Nigerian Politicians….ijs.

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