The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday harped on the need for the federal government to improve the funding for the nation’s academic sector.
The academic body further tackled President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying its current policies are capable of killing public universities.
The Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Prof. Deji Omole, said the current situation is capable of encouraging crime and other social vices among youths.
He also submitted that the University system is currently understaffed and workers underpaid.
Prof. Omole lamented that due to poor funding, over 500,000 Nigerian children who desire public university education are rejected annually.
“APC government’s failure to fund education is a design to kill public universities. University of Ibadan is groaning terribly due to paucity of funds. Retired academics cannot be replaced because government deliberately refused to make budgetary provision for growth and development.”
“This crisis has led to the staff on ground being overworked, leading to early deaths of many of our colleagues. Education is not the priority this government.”
“Due to paucity of funds, many universities, including University of Ibadan, the nation’s premier university cannot admit many qualified candidates into the universities.”
“This is dangerous to the society as the rejected qualified and brilliant candidates may eventually take to crimes because the country has rejected them. The policy is not only wicked but criminal,” he noted.