The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has cautioned the Federal Government over the continued drop in its budgetary allocation to education sector, saying it has adversely affected development in the sector.
The chairperson of the branch, Prof. Dennis Aribodor, gave the caution at a press briefing in Awka and hinted that the union has joined the one week warning strike directed by the national body of the association.
Aribodor said the budgetary allocation to education has dropped from 12 per cent to 11 per cent and 8 per cent in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, stressing that it portend serious danger to education.
He said although the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had assured that the allocation to universities had been enhanced in the revised budget, he however maintained that ASUU is yet to see any significant change in this respect.
The chairperson said the one week warning strike was to compel government to address the funding for revitalization of public universities based on the agreement reached in 2013, among other issues.
While saying “the strike is total and comprehensive, no teaching, no examination and no attendance at statutory meetings of any kind among others”, the ASUU boss called on government to do the needful to save the university system from total collapse.