From right: Former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Nasir Isa and President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has knocked the federal government for appropriating a “paltry seven per cent to the education sector” in the 2018 budget.

Chairman of the union in Ibadan Dr. Deji Omole said poor funding was already causing in various universities.

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He said, “It will be difficult to have a citizen that will love the country in the future if the trend of abandoning the poor while taking care of the rich is not reversed. While each senator collects N13.5m as running cost per month, the same Senate appropriated N66m for capital projects for the University of Ibadan with a students’ population of about 30,000.

“This can only happen in Nigeria where the ruling class lacks vision. The same government refuses to fund the revitalisation of public universities. Now, most children of the masses are denied access because universities cannot admit beyond what their dilapidated infrastructure can take.

“Yet, their parents cannot afford private universities. The Federal Government is owing about N800 billion revitalisation funds to public universities as contained in its agreements with ASUU.”