ASUU Calls FG’s Disagreement As “Social Injustice.”

ASUU Calls FG’s Disagreement As “Social Injustice.”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Calabar zone characterized the Federal government’s inability to uphold the agreement it had with the union throughout the years as an instance of social injustice.

Dr. Aniekan Brown, the zonal coordinator for the zone and a Senior lecturer in the sociology and anthropology department at the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), made this claim in an interview while she was in the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo.

Brown emphasized that it was especially unfair when the Federal government gave Nigerians the impression that the union was to blame for the protracted strike, despite the fact that it had not been blatant in its efforts to find a solution.

He lamented the fact that the government, which claims it could not borrow N1.1 trillion to terminate the ongoing strike, has been borrowing money for other purposes important to the political elite.

He said: “And if the government says it cannot borrow N1.1trillion for education, yet that government is borrowing for other things, it is a pointer to where the interest of such a government lies.

“It means some of them are seeing Education as a case of expenditure when essentially Education is a case of investing in the future of the country. Since 2017 and 2018 government has been giving itself timelines. But when it matters to them they would quickly do something.

” And because their children are not in Universities here this doesn’t concern them. If it were the Aviation industry that concerns them they would have solved it. Now, I see that as a case of social injustice, and abuse of social contract.

“Nigeria government is borrowing for so many things. It was easy for them to release N4.6trillion for the so-called fuel subsidy. It came around with a Supplementary Appropriation Bill of 4.6trillion naira for the fuel subsidy in three days, but we are still buying fuel excess of the benchmark price.

“And this gives you a picture of subterfuge. My union is committed to the resolution of this problem that is why we are always open to discussions”

In response to the N150 billion rehabilitation fund the Federal government promised to include in the 2023 budget, he said, “I will encourage journalists to ask the Minister for Education how many times they had promised to injecting something in another years budget and if they had done it? That is what they always say, at the end they won’t do it”

 

 

 

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