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Nigerian Government Spent N600billion On Trader Moni, Other ‘White Elephant’ Projects But Gives Us Excuses – University Lecturers, ASUU

Nigerian Government Spent N600billion On Trader Moni, Other ‘White Elephant’ Projects But Gives Us Excuses – University Lecturers, ASUU
August 13, 2022

Osodeke’s statement comes days after Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, said the Buhari regime could not borrow to meet “unreasonable” ASUU demands

The President of the striking university lecturers, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has said the Muhammadu Buhari government is able to meet the union’s demands without borrowing.

“Who is asking them (Federal Government) to borrow? They have the money,” Osodeke said according to PUNCH.

“If they can release N400billion for trader money, did they borrow that? Is trader money more important than universities being closed?”

Continuing, the lecturers’ union boss asked, “If they dedicate N200billion for feeding of children in school, which we don’t see; if they can be thinking of plea bargain with somebody who stole N80billion, they should let Nigerians know that they are not interested in education rather than giving flimsy excuses.”

Osodeke’s statement comes days after Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, said the Buhari regime could not borrow to meet “unreasonable” ASUU demands because university education was not for every Nigerian.

The union president, however, said he would not respond to the governor’s statement because he (Umahi) was not a federal government spokesman.

Last week, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said parents should beg ASUU to call off strike as their demands could not be met.

He claims the government would need over N1trillion to fulfil ASUU demands, saying the government could not afford it.

Public universities across Nigeria have been shut down since February 14 due to unresolved issues between the federal government and ASUU.

 

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