Federal government has been accused of being responsible for backwardness of education in Nigeria. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday accused the Federal Government of being responsible for the backwardness of education in the country which had affected its global rating. ASUU lamented that instead of the budgetary allocation to improve, it was only reducing and called on the government to commence the process for the payment of N623 billion, being backlog of earned academic allowances and funding of universities.
National President of ASUU, Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi, while briefing journalists in Abuja, also kicked against the proposed plan by the federal government to scrap the post-University Matriculation Tertiary Examination, saying the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, could not admit students for universities. He frowned on the alleged continuous breach of various Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the government and ASUU between 2009 and 2015, adding that the Federal Government was in arrears of N495 billion as at the first quarter of 2016, in respect of the NEEDS assessment fund for the revitalisation of public universities. He further accused the Federal Government of failing to disburse the outstanding balance of N65,833,047,372.24 (2009-2013), in addition to N62,417,645,224.23 (2014-2016) amounting to N128,250,692,596.47 as contained in the report of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement implementation Committee, IMC.IMG_20160719_074325_472

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