ASUU Flays Federal Government Over N20 billion Revitalization Fund, Says Honor the Deal

The leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities had slammed Federal government over failure to grant N20 billion revitalisation fund to the Union.

The Union through, the Akure zone expressed dissatisfaction during a press conference held in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The zone comprising of Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Federal University, Oye Ekiti and Ekiti State University also demanded for removal of  Dr Wale Babalakin who is the face of Federal Government in the negotiation deal.

ASUU refuted the claim that Federal Government had paid the Union N20 billion revitalisation fund.

The Coordinator of the Zone, Prof. Olufayo Olu, said, "The Federal Government is only trying to preempt the Union. We would know if the money is released to us because we have our ways finding out, which the government is also aware of. That we have been given N20 billion is a cheap blackmail. We are only a union and not a spending agency.

Prof. Olufayo noted that, 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement was initiated in 2009 in the wake of deterioration of the education sector and was opened to periodic renegotiations; the first of which started in 2017. But the renegotiation committee, which was reconstituted by the federal government in March, last year was not making any headway on the demands in contention due to the high-handedness of the chairman, Dr Wale Babalakin.

He said, we no longer have confidence in the chairman of the government renegotiation team, Dr. Wale Babalakin for emphasising he had only constituted a stumbling block in the renegotiation process

The Union accused Dr. Babalakin, they said, " He(Dr. Babalakin) had arrogantly exhibiting 'I-know-it-all' attitude and also conducted himself in as a judge instead of a negotiator. He is also attempting to substituting constitutional provision on education by market principles, the implication of which they said would put Nigerian children in peonage in order to acquire higher education."Babalakin's intention is to make education a burden for the common citizen, which is going to make parents and sponsors spend more on educating their wards.

"Also, the ASUU chairman of FUTA, Dr. Bola Oniya, added that the Federal Government was and not showing any interest of addressing the issue at hand all along.

According to him, "the union had been at the mercy of the government since September, 2017 for not addressing  the issue of poor funding and proliferation of state universities, release of 20 billion revatilisation fund for public universities in Nigeria, payment of all arrears of short-handed in salary in all universities that have met the requirements on Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit Verification among others.

He also stressed that, "We no longer have confidence in the chairman, Dr. Babalakin because the Union is against shifting the responsibility of financing the education  sector on poor masses".

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