ASUU: FG takes another step to end strike, commits N470 billion to tertiary institutions

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By Basit Jamiu

While addressing the national assembly in a joint session on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari said that the Federal Government has earmarked N470 billion in the 2023 budget for the revitalization and salary enhancement of tertiary institutions.

In his presentation before the lawmakers, he indicated that the federal government is committed to education. He added that, as it stands, the government can not meet all the needs of tertiary institutions.

“In most countries, the cost of education is jointly shared between the government and the people, especially at the tertiary level. It is imperative, therefore, that we introduce a more sustainable model of funding tertiary education,” he said. 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike since February, and one of the crux of its agitation is funding for the revitalization of government-owned universities.

Yesterday, the union was ordered again by the appeal court to go back to class after it lost to the federal government at the industrial court on October 27.

The N20.51 trillion budget estimate – with a chunk dedicated to the needs of university lecturers – is a sign of his administration’s commitment to responding to the cries of the lecturers, the president said.

President Buhari also pleaded to university lecturers to return to the classroom as the government is doing all it can to find a lasting solution as well as implement agreements that are within the available budget.

The federal government stressed that it will not agree to demands it cannot implement.

Demanding N1.2 trillion in order to return to the classrooms, university lecturers on strike had previously rejected an N150bn proposal by the federal government.

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