ASUU warns on consequences of inadequate funding. Says fees may rise to N200,000 per session

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka branch, has warned that Nigeria would face grave negative consequences should the Federal Government renege in implementing the agreement reached in 2009 to fund the education sector..
Addressing newsmen Monday during an awareness rally at Aroma junction, Awka, the ASUU chairman, Anambra state chapter, Prof. Ike Odumegwu emphasized that if the ongoing strike fails, the repercaution on the average Nigerian student in a federal university will likely result in paying nothing less than N200,000 as school fees per session.
Continuing he said that, “over 80 per cent of Nigerian parents would be unable to fund the education of their children in Nigeria.
“A very large chunk of the youths will be unable to access education in the public universities, you can be assured that the crime rate will rise and it will be inevitable.
“And when we think of why there is crime, we should think of the fact that many of these people we call criminals are people that have been denied the opportunity of their citizenship right to education”.
According to Odumegwu the nations universities will continue to turn out unemployable graduates, whereby our students will find it highly impossible to secure admission anywhere outside the country.
He regretted that the federal government only released the sum of N100 billion while it signed agreement to release N500billion for the funding of education, saying that the amount released is nothing too small to register any effect in solving the problems in education sector. .
He called on the Federal Government to keep to the agreement signed in 2009, and until this is done, “ASUU will call-off the strike”.
Reacting to the allegation that ASUU is playing politics, Prof. Odumegwu said they are academicians and would always see things on the perspective of academics, adding that, “The President is a politician. If government says we are playing politics, ask them for further explanation”, he noted.
He however called on Nigerians to add their voice and appeal to the federal government to place its priority in funding education because, “ to kill education is to kill development”, just as he
commended the students who have been bearing the brunt of the problem arising from the federal government/ASUU face-off.

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