Buhari’s 2017 Budget And ASUU’s Lamentation

Members of the Academics in Nigerian universities have criticized the amount allocated to education in the N7.02 trillion 2017 appropriation bill President Muhammadu Buhari presented to the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The sum of N398.01 billion is allocated for education in the recurrent expenditure of the budget and according to a member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, it is a budget of hatred for the sector.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Lagos chapter, Dr Laja Odukoya said that the current administration had pathological hatred for education.

He stated that there was no way the budget for education could do anything in the sector, judging by the government’s deficit of about N800 billion to the universities.

According to him, the Buhari’s government has shown that he has nothing to offer the education sector, adding, “Budgeting about N400 billion to the sector is absurd and a clear show for hatred for education.”

Also reacting, the Deputy Director, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Prof Oyesoji Aremu expressed displeasure with the amount allocated to education, saying it has been an annual practice by successive government.

To him, the budget for education in Nigeria has always fallen below 26 per cent recommended by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO.

Though he attributed the insignificant education budget to the current economic recession, Aremu believes that education should not be compromised for it.

He explained that the low budgetary allocation would in no small measure affect infrastructure and overhead cost in the sector.

“Once again the education sector has been compromised,” he noted.

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