ASUU decries FG’s paltry allocation to universities in 2016 budget

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Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja
Dr. Nasir Fagge Isa, ASUU President
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Tuesday picked holes in allocation to tertiary institutions in the proposed 2016 budget and warned of looming industrial unrest in the Nigerian university system as a result of poor funding, nonpayment of staff salaries and breach of the agreement it reached with the Federal government in 2009.
ASUU also lamented that the Federal Government has failed to keep to the terms of agreement it reached with academic union in 2009 on funding of the universities at a press conference in which it also made public its opinion on contemporary national issues.
Nasir Isa Fagge, the President of the Union who addressed the press conference in company of other officers lamented that the Federal Government has refused to implement many provisions of the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement.
Indeed, the union said some recent actions of Federal Government will indicate a unilateral abrogation of some parts of the agreement, citing the directive of government to Vice Chancellors to remove staff of University Staff Schools from the nominal payroll of their institutions as instances of the violations of the agreement as example.
ASUU said the directive is in contrast to the Section 3.3(ix)a of the FGN/ASUU Agreement of 2009 which states that “The University shall bear the full capital and recurrent costs of University Staff Primary Schools (as in the May 29 Agreement).”
Contrary to this provision of the agreement, ASUU President said at the press conference that the Federal sent an unsigned memo to Vice Chancellors of universities asking them to remove personnel and teachers of the staff schools from their nominal pay rolls with threats to punish any head of institution who refused to heed the directive.
According to Dr Fagge, there are also other aspects …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper