Union unimpressed with Nigerian education sector

The union reminded the government that the renegotiation of the SSANU/FGN 2009 agreement was long over due, adding that the continued delay will not be good for the university sub-sector.

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The (SSANU) has decried what it termed deliberate underfunding of the education sector by the government, saying the allocation of N403 billion to the sector in the 2016 Budget was grossly inadequate.

The Association, in a communiqué at the end of its National Executive Council Meeting, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately send a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to take care of the short fall in the budgetary allocation to the sector.

The communiqué signed by the National President of the body, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, described the allocation as disappointment and far cry from the 26 percent UNESCO standard.

The Union said the allocation was extremely low and cannot have any positive impact on the educational sector, stressing that the allocation to the education sector is grossly disproportionate to the needs of the sector.

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It stressed “that many countries with less incomes and population than Nigeria, place more premium on budgetary allocations on education and finds it ironic that a government that promised to employ 500, 000 teachers can devote so grossly meager sums to the educational sector.”

The union also reminded the government that the renegotiation of the SSANU/FGN 2009 agreement was long over due, adding that the continued delay will not be good for the university sub-sector.

It faulted the  delay in setting up a negotiation committee, noting that this “ was not in the best interest of peace in our universities”.

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