By Deborah Mustapha
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has recently accused the President, Muhammadu Buhari, for slashing education and health portioned budget in the 2020 revised budget.
ASUU has also disapproved the poor managing of the budgeted social intervention funds within the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASUU stressed that the proposed slash on the budget by the Buhari-led government represents a lack of understanding of the state of things in Nigeria’s health and education sectors.
In a statement signed by ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole has disclosed to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday that the government failed to learn from the challenges of COVID-19.
“The Federal Government proposed a slash of N111.78billion UBEC budget to 61.02billion and a cut of 26.51billion from the 44.49billion allocated to Basic Health care”, he said.
In the statement, a progressive government would pay attention to health and education instead of allocating funds for minor things.
According to a source, it accused Buhari administration of stopping lecturers’ salaries thereby rendering over 30,000 personnel and their dependants vulnerable.
The statement further said that “The distribution of the palliatives seem fraudulent as reactions from Lagos and other states of the country indicated that government officials are profiting in the distribution.
“The Union will not be teased 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 type of government. A top government official claimed he never knew our health status is likely to collapse and the government that has not allocated sufficient funds to that sector is further reducing it, what a government”, he submitted.
Recall that ASUU went on warning strike for two weeks before the Federal government compulsory total lockdown in the country, however, the resolvent to call off the strike is yet to be settled in this era of isolation as they have voiced out for immediate response and action from the government.
Nevertheless, the students of the various University laments and cried out for resumption immediately after the lockdown ends.