ASUU Faults Buhari For Slashing Health, Education Budgets

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari against cutting down the health and education budgets in the proposed 2020 revised appropriation.

The union has also frowned against the government not to defraud the nation with poor handling of budgeted social intervention funds with donated funds meant for palliatives for the vulnerable to cope with COVID-19 which has negatively affected their livelihoods.

The union stated that the proposed cut on the budget by the Federal government  lacks understanding of the precarious state of things in Nigeria’s health and education sectors.

ASUU, in a statement signed by ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday, said the Federal government has failed to learn from the challenges of coronavirus.

The Federal Government proposed a slash of ₦111.78 billion UBEC budget to ₦61.02 billion and a cut of ₦26.51 billion from the ₦44.49 billion allocated to the Health care.

The union stated in a statement that; a progressive government would pay critical attention to health and education instead of allocating funds for mundane things.

It accused Buhari's administration of stopping lecturers’ salaries which rendered over 30,000 personnel and their dependants vulnerable.

The statement read in parts, “The distribution of the palliatives seem fraudulent as reactions from Lagos and other states of the nation indicated that government officials are profiting from the distribution.

“The Union will not be cowed in its resolve to fight for the revitalisation of public-funded education and the sanctity of the laws of the land.

“I have not seen this kind of government. A top government official claimed he never knew our health institution is this precarious and the government that has not allocated sufficient funds to that sector is further reducing it.

“They are also muddling up palliative being distributed. Most Nigerians are on the fringe and any mismanagement of palliative distribution will be counter-productive to the fight against the pandemic.”

Source: "dailypost"


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