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Latest on ASUU strike: Senator Challenges Lecturers To Debate Over ‘Ridiculous’ Demands

The Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Education, Senator Sola Adeyeye yesterday described as
‘ridiculous’ the pay demands by the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU) on the federal government.
This is just as he challenged lecturers to a public
debate to justify the unresolved pay demands which has
led to the protracted strike by university lecturers.
Adeyeye who is a Professor of Molecular Biology made
the comment to newsmen at the National Assembly
against the backdrop of last week’s Senate debates on
the protracted ASUU strike.
On account of his contributions at plenary, Adeyeye was
particularly criticised by the ASUU chairman, University
of Ibadan branch, Dr. Segun Ajiboye.
“There is no question that the enormous rot in Nigeria’s
education sector cries for urgent and immediate
attention.
But as unpopular as saying so might make me to the
membership of ASUU, the truth is that ASUU has been a
part of the problem.
I would gladly love to engage Dr. Ajiboye in a prime
time televised debate on my assertion,” Adeyeye stated
yesterday.
The senator proposed five practical solutions to this
“most national pressing crisis’: firstly, the National
Assembly should henceforth appropriate at least 26 per
cent of Nigeria’s current revenue to education alone.
Second, the education ministry must ensure the
streamlining of the “endless parastatals that drain
resources while making little or no contribution to
national well-being and progress.”
Thirdly, the government in a bid to raise revenue for
funding a “national redemption programme” in
education, all imports should attract a mandatory
education tax of one per cent.
Fourth, beginning from January 1, 2014 till December 31,
2018, all workers in Nigeria must contribute five per
cent of their income as education taxes. Embezzling any
amount of these revenues targeted for education should
be taken as an act of treason.
Fifth, the costs for running the offices of all elected and
appointed political office holders should immediately be
pruned by 50 per cent.
According to Adeyeye, the “implacable” demands by
ASUU are fueled by resentment at the “obscene”
privileges which Nigerian politicians enjoy.
Adeyeye tagged the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme
(SURE-P) a “conduit” exploited by the government for
corrupt enrichment and called for its scrapping and the
diversion of SURE-P revenue to the education sector.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Smh for Asuu and FG