​ASUU to FG: You’re responsible for

education backwardness in Nigeria

ON July 19, 2016 6:22 AM / IN News /


By Johnbosco Agbarakwu

ABUJA —THE Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU, yesterday accused the

Federal Government of being responsible

for the backwardness of education in the

country which had affected its global


ASUU lamented that instead of the

budgetary allocation to improve, it was

only reducing and called on the

government to commence the process for

the payment of N623 billion, being

backlog of earned academic allowances

and funding of universities.

National President of ASUU, Comrade

Biodun Ogunyemi, while briefing

journalists in Abuja, also kicked against

the proposed plan by the federal

government to scrap the post-University

Matriculation Tertiary Examination,

saying the Joint Admission and

Matriculations Board, JAMB, could not

admit students for universities.

He frowned on the alleged continuous

breach of various Memorandum of

Understanding, MoU, signed between the

government and ASUU between 2009 and

2015, adding that the Federal Government

was in arrears of N495 billion as at the

first quarter of 2016, in respect of the

NEEDS assessment fund for the

revitalisation of public universities.

He further accused the Federal

Government of failing to disburse the

outstanding balance of

N65,833,047,372.24 (2009-2013), in

addition to N62,417,645,224.23

(2014-2016) amounting to

N128,250,692,596.47 as contained in the

report of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement

implementation Committee, IMC.

Ogunyemi warned against undue and

further delay in the implementation of

various agreements signed between both


ASUU strongly condemned the decision by

the federal government to scrap the

conduct of POST-UME, saying the decision

did not serve the interest of Nigerians

and that the university tertiary

matriculation examination, UTME,

conducted by JAMB is not credible enough

to warrant the cancellation of the post

UTME tests.

Ogunyemi said the action by government

was typical of its current lukewarm

attitude towards the spirit and letters of

the FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009, vowing

that the union as an important

stakeholder in the university system will

continue to draw the attention of all

concerned to possible threat to peaceful

development and growth of the Nigerian

Education System.

He said: ”We consider it appalling that no

consultation with stakeholders especially

with ASUU and the Vice Chancellors was

held before such far reaching national

policy like the cancellation of Post Ume

was pronounced.

“In a fundamental way, the policy

undermines the autonomy of universities

and powers of universities’ senate as the

highest policy making body on academic

matters, particularly admission of

students and award of university


The ASUU boss further questioned the

veracity of the claim by the Education

Minister Malam Adamu Adamu that ‘’the

nation has confidence in what JAMB is

doing” and that as a result of this, tertiary

institutions do not need to conduct

further tests towards admitting students

UTME candidates, saying even a former

Minister of education, Mrs Chinwe Obaji,

in 2005 questioned the credibility of most

JAMB high fliers, who even though they

scored as high as 280 performed

abysmally low in the post ume exercise.


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