ASUU Decries FG’s Lack of Commitment on Memorandum of Action

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Yobe State University (YSU) branch, expressed disappointment over the federal government’s lack of commitment to implementing the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed in 2019.

Mr. Ahmed Karage, Chairperson of the union, YSU branch stated this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Damaturu.

He said the MoA addresses key issues in the university system, including the proliferation of state universities, revitalization fund, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, and earned academic allowance.

Karage lamented the increase in public universities without adequate funding, leaving them in a state of gross underfunding.

He also criticized the meager allocation to education in the federal budget, with only 6.39% allocated in 2024.

The union is urged the government to commence the process for the completion and implementation of the draft agreement reached by the Joint Committee led by Late Prof. Nimi Briggs.

He added that the union also raised concerns over the non-payment of earned academic allowance, unpaid salaries, and allowances, and the increase in school fees without corresponding funding from the government.

ASUU rejects the students’ loan scheme, instead advocating for study grants.

The union called on well-meaning Nigerians, the media, labour movement, students’ organizations, and civil society to join forces in rejecting the government’s default on its agreements and supporting ASUU’s patriotic struggle to reposition the Nigerian university system.

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