The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the Federal Government has failed to prioritise the development of university education in the country.
ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, said this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He bemoaned the situation where the government is focusing its attention on fuel subsidy which he believes does not exist, rather than showing interest in revamping the nation’s universities.
More than two months since lecturers downed tools, the ASUU president alleged that the government has been insensitive to the union’s demands.
“A government that cannot raise N200 billion to revamp all Nigerian universities and bring them to world standard, doesn’t have money to do that but that same government can raise N4 trillion for fuel subsidy; fuel subsidy and university education, which is more important to any country that wants to move forward?” he queried during the breakfast show.
“You can raise N4 trillion for fuel subsidy in a year, but you cannot raise N200 billion to fund your education because you don’t have money; it is a priority. You can spend N228 billion to feed children in primary and secondary schools, but you cannot raise N200 billion to fund your universities; it is an issue of priority, that is the problem.”