The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the Federal Government’s promises as cheap. The union vowed that its members would not be persuaded by them. ASUU President Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi said this during an interview on Lagos TV on Monday.
“We have concluded that promises from the government are very cheap. We are not bothered about what promises the government makes now,” he said.
Ogunyemi’s comments came less than 24 hours after the union commenced an industrial action as a result of their grievances with the Federal Government.
He also decried the reduction in the budget for education in the past few years, stressing that the education sector of any nation should always be given adequate priority.
“There was an inter-ministerial retreat on education where the Minister (of Education) said for a nation to develop, it must earmark not less than 20 per cent to education.
“This year’s budget, we have seven percent, the previous year was seven per cent. If you go back to 2014, it was 12 per cent, 2015 was 11 percent and it came down to eight per cent in 2016. And, in the last two years, the budgetary allocation has been seven per cent,” he added.