The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised the alarm over alleged plan by the ruling political class in the country to render tertiary education inefficient the way public primary and secondary education in the country were destroyed.
ASUU said in terms of education funding, all parties whether Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or All Progressives Congress (APC) have failed Nigerian children.
The chairman, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Deji Omole in a statement yesterday in Ibadan said the plan became obvious with the refusal of the ruling APC to inject revitalisation fund into public university education in the country to assist children of the downtrodden enjoy qualitative education and be able to challenge misrule in future.
According to ASUU, only former President Goodluck Jonathan injected N200 billion for the revitalisation of public universities after an industrial action of almost six months in 2013.
The union and federal government agreed that a sum of N1.13 trillion would be injected into public universities over a period of six years but federal government only paid N200million in 2013 and nothing till date.
It lambasted the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for not changing anything in the area of revitalisation of public universities even after the union went on strike in 2017.
He noted that infrastructure in Nigeria’s public universities were worse now than when the federal government conducted the NEEDS assessment on public universities in 2012.
“Public universities are grossly underfunded leading to serious pressure on the available resources which have been stretched beyond elastic limits. Many qualified candidates cannot be absolved into the system due to lack of adequate facilities. Children of the masses are housed in zoo-like condition,” he added.