The Social Science Students Association of Nigeria (SOSSAN) has called on the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) so that academic activities can resume.
In an open letter jointly signed by Ini Ogenecaro the national president and Cyprian Precious, the association’s national secretary, the students urged the government to use looted funds recently recovered from corrupt public office holders to sort out the teachers’ union .
SOSSAN further asked the Buhari-led government whether his administration was gaining anything by allocating about 21% of the administration’s tenure to strike ASUU and disrupt the educational process.
The body also condemned the decline in the allocation of funds for education since the emergence of the Buhari administration.
He said that out of more than 55 trillion naira budgeted by the Buhari administration in 7 years, only 6% was budgeted for the education sector, part of which was also laundered by public office holders.
A statement from the body reads: “He has conversely crossed the boundaries of civilization. How said giant of Africa is counted with poverty and, at worst, a poor education system. The latter shows that there can be no hope of escaping poverty.
“The National Social Science Student Corps would like to ask rhetorically what socio-economic gains have been weighed by your led government which has informed your administration to allocate approximately 21% of your administration’s tenure thus far to the strike of ASUU and disrupting our educational process? We want to keep learning.
“We want to avoid being called lazy kids. We want an environment conducive to learning. We want our speakers to deliver optimally. The impending ASUU strike has undoubtedly been a hindrance to the learning process of over a million young Nigerians for 98 days.
“We have taken to the streets across the country to protest your government’s nonchalant attitude towards the need to end the ongoing ASUU strike. This has completely diminished the glimmer of hope and aspirations of these young Nigerians.
“We believe that your administration should make no apologies for its failure to end the ASUU strike, as it is not news that there is a proliferation of looting of taxpayers’ and taxpayers’ money. public revenue under your administration respectively.
“In other assessments, there has been a decline in the percentage of funds allocated to education since the emergence of your administration. This shows the level at which your administration has prioritized education.
“Of more than 55 trillion naira budgeted in seven years, only 3.5 trillion naira has been spent on education so far. Tentatively, since we are witnessing a proliferation of money laundering, it can be said that essentially a large part of the funds budgeted for education are also looted.
“But until such a claim is proven, allocated funds still fall short of UNESCO’s standard recommendation for a half budget for education in a developing economy.
“Talking about the danger of the strike on the national economy does not require statistical assessment as it is visible to the blind that the increasing ejection of young Nigerians to study abroad is following a trajectory designed even by the political elites.
“We pray for greater attention to be given to the education sector by: Revitalizing the infrastructure of the learning environment of universities; improve the well-being of speakers; create an enabling economy for graduates and students across the country; allocate at least 15-20% of the national budget to the education sector; creating a knowledge-based economy through academic, social and scientific research; follow through on the agreement reached between the ASUU and the federal government.