Proceeds From Nomination Forms Can Meet ASUU’s Demands – Obi Disclosed, Faults FG Over Inability To Resolve Strike

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Anambra State Governor, Mr Peter Obi, on Wednesday said the money realised from the sales of nomination forms of political parties was enough to meet some of the demands of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities.

Obi said this while responding to a question from a student when he appeared on human rights Radio and Television station, Berekete Family.

He said “The N40m and N100m that is being collected for forms from presidential aspirants from the two leading political parties is enough to meet some demands of ASUU.

“The genesis of the ASUU strike is in the inability of the government to keep agreements and that stems from the value we place on education which should be the biggest investment.”

Former Anambra governor stated that it is sad that federal universities are on strike while politicians are campaigning for the 2023 elections.

“It is very very sad. It is intolerable that schools are closed and we are campaigning and we are even talking about elections. It would never happen in any other country except Nigeria,” he said.

“Education is the most important investment a nation can do for its citizens, which we are playing with here.

“The scourge of this problem is because we have an uncaring government. The agreement was made in 2009 that they will give universities N1 trillion to renovate universities, and that they will pay lecturers’ allowances.

“If they were to be paying N100 million yearly, the payment would have been paid in full. Even N50 million yearly would have done it to some extent.”

He said the ASUU strike shows the inability of the government to keep to agreements.

“The problem is the government made empty promises. So, this made everyone fight. Money collected from presidential aspirants can feed ASUU’s demands,” he added.

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