Buhari Lacks Commitment To End Poverty – ASUU

President Buhari has been slammed by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) over his comment of channeling resources into
education to end poverty. 

The Chairman of the Union at the University of Ibadan, Professor Deji
Omole who spoke on Sunday September 1, described the President’s
statament as political. Alleging that President Buhari has shown hatred
to fund and offer Nigerians qualitative education, the ASUU chairman
also stated that the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu is also not
different from his employer. 

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He recalled how the Minister of Education made so many political
statements including declaring a state of emergency in the education
sector during President Buhari’s first tenure, but refused to act on his
words afterwards. 

“He is back to a familiar terrain. We are also in that same terrain.
He spent more than three years in his first term and made so many
political statements which were never implemented. One of such
statements was the fact that they were going to declare state of
emergency in the education sector and till he left office in his first
term that was not done.

“In fact there was no attempt towards that direction. Rather than
moving towards declaring state of emergency, what we saw was further
reduction in the budgetary allocation to education. I don’t think anyone
should expect any radical change from what happened to education in his
first term and from what is going to happen.

“The administration has demonstrated its hatred for education by
constantly reducing the budgetary allocation to education. Most of their
policies are anti-university.

“For example, in UI today, it’s almost impossible to recruit new
staff meanwhile people are dying as a result of excess work and people
are retiring and you are not employing new people. So, I don’t expect
sharp departure from what it used to be. He does not need to tell us. We
all know.

“All the developed world have been able to solve their problems
through education and that is why we have always been engaging different
governments that the only antidote to poverty is putting adequate
attention to educating the masses.

“No nation can ever grow beyond the quality of education given to its
citizens. Nobody will come from America to develop Nigeria. Nigeria can
only be developed by Nigerians themselves and they can only develop if
they have quality education to grow the economy. So it is not enough to
make a political statement, you must follow it with action,” he said.

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