The Academic Staff Union of Universities has cried out over the Nigerian Government’s failure to release the sum of N1.3tr meant for the revitalisation of the nation’s universities.
It was learnt that the the Federal Government agreed to release the amount meant for the institutions over a period of five years, with the first disbursement being N200bn in 2013, while N220b was agreed to be released in each of the four remaining years.
The agreement, however, led to ASUU’s suspension of its last strike in December 2013.
Speaking during the University of Ibadan 63rd Post-Graduate School Interdisciplinary Discourse, held on Saturday, the Chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, disclosed that:
“An expression of the lack of integrity is failure to keep a promise made in public. For example, the Federal Government has failed to release the promised sum of N1.3tr National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy’s intervention fund beyond the 200bn released for 2013. Since the release of the first batch of the money, no money was released in 2014 while a quarter of 2015 has passed with nothing from the government.”