We didn’t ask you to borrow money to pay us – ASUU responds FG

The ASUU accused the government: Disclose this, ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodekeaccused the government of remaining committed to improving the education sector in the country, arguing that – contrary to propagated suggestions – the FG has money to fund its demands.

He said Nigerian tertiary institutions have suffered great setbacks over the years and it is high time the authorities take responsibility.

Osodeke’s words: The president of the union said, “Who asks them to borrow? They (the federal government) have the money. If they can release 400 billion naira for traders money, have they borrowed that? Is merchants’ money more important than closing universities?

“If they spend 200 billion naira on feeding children in school, which we don’t see; if they can consider a plea bargain with someone who stole 80 billion naira, they should let Nigerians know they are not interested in education rather than give lame excuses.

“We are not asking the government to borrow; we say they should fund education.

What happened: The ASUU President’s comment comes amid remarks made by the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahiwho argued that the federal government cannot afford to borrow N1.1trn to meet union demands.

“There is no way the country is going to borrow N1.1trn to meet ASUU’s demand. It is completely unreasonable. Are their demands sincere? Yes, but we can start small,said the Governor during the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Board Members Reception in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Previously, the Minister of State for Labor and Productivity, Festus Keyamomade a similar comment.

While asking questions during a television interview, Keyamo argued that ASUU’s demands are unrealistic and unsustainable for the government.

ASUU disagrees: Reacting to Umahi’s comment, the ASUU President said, “Is he the spokesperson for the government? We will not answer him.

NPTAN reacts: Meanwhile, President of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria, Mr Haruna Danjuma, also disagreed with the Governor, saying he was speaking from his own perspective.

He said, “I believe that is Umahi’s view and he does not speak for Mr. President or the federal government. We also have a Minister of Education. So I guess that’s his point of view.

“Parents are not saying that the federal government should borrow such an amount to equip our university and I don’t think ASUU has told the federal government to borrow money to fund the universities. It’s up to the government to borrow or not.”

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