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ASUU rejects N10,000 university support levy by parents



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the proposed payment of N10,000 per session by each parent to help the Federal Government allocate more funds to universities.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria had proposed the levy and sought audience with the government over the ongoing strike by ASUU.

“We have sent a letter to the office of the Minister of Education seeking an audience where we hope to discuss a proposal.

“We are proposing an amount of N10,000 per parent per semester to be paid directly to the universities. That will be our own contribution apart from other statutory payments to provide more funds to the universities.

“You could call it a parental contribution to the universities. We are the sufferers of the industrial action. We appeal to ASUU and the Federal Government to settle their differences immediately,” NAPTAN Public Relations Officer, Dr Ademola Ekundayo, told The PUNCH in an interview on Tuesday.

Reacting to the proposed levy, ASUU National President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Thursday said parents should intervene by joining the organisation to put pressure on the top government.

Osodeke made the call in an interview with Arise television on Thursday.

“I think this association should call on the government to do its duties. They should put pressure on the government to use Nigerians’ money to fund education as it is done in other countries.

“We cannot call ourselves the giant of Africa and at the same time be the laggard in education. You see students from Nigeria going to Ghana, Benin, Togo and other small countries to study but nobody from those countries comes to Nigeria to study.

“So, they should intensify the pressure from ASUU to ensure that the government prioritises education. That is more important than the N10,000.”

 


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