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ASUU Highlights Funding Crisis, Links to Increased Kidnapping

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Akure zone, representing faculty members from public universities across Osun, Ondo, and Ekiti states, has spotlighted the dire consequences of inadequate educational funding in Nigeria. During a press briefing at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, ASUU representatives highlighted the link between insufficient educational resources and the alarming rise in violent crimes, particularly kidnapping.

Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, ASUU Akure Zonal Coordinator, alongside key chairpersons from the region’s universities, pointed out the government’s failure to fulfill its promises regarding the funding of education and the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) for university staff payments. This breach of agreement, according to Egbedokun, is a clear indication of the government’s lack of commitment to resolving the educational sector’s funding crisis.

The union’s grievance centers on the government’s departure from agreements made in discussions aimed at improving the education sector, including the recommended 26% budgetary allocation set by UNESCO. Egbedokun emphasized that the neglect of education funding is not just an issue for ASUU but a national crisis that threatens the fabric of Nigerian society. He argued that many individuals are driven to crime due to the lack of educational opportunities, underscoring education as a critical pathway to a better life.

The situation is further complicated by the government’s insistence on using IPPIS for salary payments, which ASUU claims violates the agreements reached with the union. The aftermath has seen university staff grappling with unpaid promotion arrears, with some members waiting between 6 to 36 months for their dues.

ASUU’s demands are clear: the immediate release of promotion arrears owed to its members and a return to the negotiated terms regarding salary payment methods. Additionally, the union stands firm against the enforcement of Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards by external bodies, asserting that curriculum development should remain under the purview of university senates.

The ongoing discord between ASUU and the government not only jeopardizes the welfare of university staff but also puts the future of Nigerian education at risk. ASUU’s stance reflects a deep concern for the broader implications of underfunded education, including the perpetuation of economic hardship and social unrest. The union urges the government to take immediate steps to address these issues, cautioning that the failure to do so will have far-reaching consequences beyond the gates of the nation’s universities.

As the educational sector teeters on the brink of further instability, the call for action grows louder. ASUU’s message is clear: the time for meaningful change is now. Only through genuine commitment and collaborative efforts can the government and ASUU pave the way for a brighter, more secure future for Nigeria’s next generation.

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