The Academic Staff union of Universities ASUU on Wednessday expressed dismay over federal government attitude to check proliferation of state universities that are mostly established for political reasons without adequate funding.
The ASUU Kano-Zonal Coordinator Professor Mahmud Lawan lamented this while addressing journalists at a news conference over state of the nation.
He said most of the state governments embarked on creation of new universities without adequately funding the existing ones, as he cited examples with Ogun ,Ondo, Oyo, Gombe and Edo states.
“It has a lot of implication on quality of education. For instance Staff salaries of LAUTECH Ogbomosho has being hanging for over ten months, only for Oyo state government , one of the co-owner of LAUTECH to establish another University. Another case on hand was the sacking of 100 members of ASUU in Kogi state University, Ayingba ,”said Prof. Lawan.
The Union, he said, totally rejects this anti–union posture and the violation of the labour rights of our members and resolved to fight it.
He accused the federal government of not implementing its agreement of 2003, 2013 2017 that include revitalization of public universities agreement and released of the forensic report on earned academic allowance.
“The issues that led to strikes and gave birth to the 2013 and 2017 Memorandum of Action with the federal government are yet to be attended to”.
Prof. Mahmud said some of the unfulfilled Memorandum of Action are the none release of the N20 billion revitalization fund for public universities which it promised to pay since end of October 2017. Also ASUU calls for the release of the forensic report on Earned Academic Allowance payments to offset the balance of the EAA arrears for 2009- 2012 and the mainstreaming of EAA into annual budget starting with supplementary budget in 2017.
The union appealed for the release of operating license of his pension company NUPEMCO as the government only released the approval in principle for the registration about two weeks ago.
ASUU urged well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to fulfill its promises so as not to jeopardize the future of the citizens in their quest for quality education.