The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Kano has stated that the federal government’s 2016 budgetary allocation to education is the worst in 23 years.
According to them, the education sector particularly tertiary education is a breeding ground for the required and capable man power to move the nation to economic prosperity, but the attention it received under the present administration is scary when considering the globalisation trend where knowledge based economy remains the only alternative socio-economic development.
In a press conference held at the secretariat of ASUU, BUK chapter, the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU-Kano, Professor Mahmoud M.Lawan has however lamented that the TSA policy infringed on the principle of University autonomy.
Mahmoud decried further that universities in the country were owed over N605 billion by the federal government out of the N1.518 trillion agreed to be released for the universities.
According to the statement arbitrary removal and appointment of Vice Chancellors in the new Federal Universities and amendment of JAMB, NUC and National Minimum Standards, establishment of Institutions Act 2014 as well as non release of of white paper on special visitation to the eight universities are also badly affecting Nigerian universities.
He added that ASUU has consistently since 2012 requested the federal government to set up its negotiating team for the purpose of reviewing the 2009 Agreement as enshrined therein, saying the federal government refused to do so and it had became a cause of serious concern.
ASUU-Kano zone decried that their colleagues in other universities are being owed salaries for nearly five to eight months, accusing State governors of extravagant expenditures that are of of no significance.