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ASUU gives FG new condition to call off strike, requests for N200m from N4trn fuel subsidy

President, Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has said that the federal government has shown no readiness to address the prolonged ASUU strike that has forced university students in the country to stay at home.

The union president made this statement while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise show on Wednesday.

The ongoing ASUU strike began on February 14, 2022. The union is demanding for better condition of service as agreed by the federal government since 2009.

According to the union president, the government has addressed the issue of fuel subsidy with a budget of 4 trillion while it ignored the addressing issues of her university education.

He opined that if the government took only N200bn from the N4 trillion budget for subsidy, it would still have a whopping N3.8 trillion to address the matter where the University is challenged would come up with solutions to it.

Prof. Osodeke  argued that the Nigerian academic intelligentsia can provide all the solutions needed to boost the country as he called on the government to challenge Nigerian University lecturers to provide solutions to nagging issues it has identified.

He claimed that it took the Nigerian University only three months to locally produce University Transparent and Accountability Solution (UTAS) which performed at 97.3 percent to replace the foreign Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

He said the huge resources paid for IPPIS such funds would have served the Nigerian University and challenged the government to always task the Nigerian Universities for solutions to identified challenges.

According to him, the Nigerian University can provide a refinery within three years, as part of measures to rid the nation of the loss incurred on subsidy.

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The union president stated that: “It is always very funny, that the Government, who cannot raise 200 billion to revamp all Nigeria universities annually, to world standards.

“The same government can raise N4 trillion Naira for fuel subsidies. Fuel subsidy and Nigerian education which is more important to any country that wants to move forward?

“You can raise a budget to make N4 trillion for subsidies a year, but you cannot raise N200bn to fund your education where you don’t have the infrastructure.

“You can spend N228 billion to feed children in primary or secondary schools. But you cannot raise this fund for your university, it is an issue of priority. That is the problem.

“If you remove N200bn from N4 trillion, to fund your universities, you still have N3.8trillion for fuel subsidy.” He said.

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