ASUU berates FG for slashing education budget, poor handling of Coronavirus

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, has knocked the Federal Government for slashing education budgets.

According to a statement signed by its chairman, Ayo Akinwole, the union also frowned at the alleged poor handling of Coronavirus.

The union accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not knowledgeable about Nigeria’s health and education sector.

ASUU also frowned at the stoppage of over 30,000 lecturers’ salaries. It also condemned the distribution of palliatives to the poor.

“The distribution of the palliatives seems fraudulent as reactions from Lagos and other states of the nation indicate that government officials are profiting from the distribution,” the statement read.

“The union will not be cowed in its resolve to fight for the revitalisation of public-funded education and the sanctity of the laws of the land.

“I have not seen this kind of government. A top government official claimed he never knew our health institution was this precarious and the government that has not allocated sufficient funds to that sector is further reducing it.

“They are also muddling up palliative being distributed. Most Nigerians are on the fringe and any mismanagement of palliative distribution will be counter-productive to the fight against the pandemic.”

POLITICS NIGERIA understands that the Federal Government proposed a slash of N111.78bn UBEC budget to N61.02bn and a cut of 26.51bn from the N44.49bn allocated to basic health care.

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