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Buhari’s Lack of education Policy one year after unacceptable says ASUU President

The new National President of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has frowned at the delay of President Bu­hari’s administration in im­plementing its agenda for the education sector even after one year in office.

The Ogunyemi also not­ed the disconnect between the Federal Government and the states; including those controlled by the rul­ing All Progressives Con­gress (APC), stressing that this has impeded the im­plementation of the party’s manifesto in the area of education.

Prof. Ogunyemi in an in­terview with in Abuja said that President Muham­madu Buharí’s democracy day speech gave the union nothing to cheer about. “From our understanding of that speech; I will say he has tried to do three things. He has tried to present the circumstances under which he came to power; he has tried to excuse himself from some of the promises.

“The school feeding pro­gramme that was promised Nigerians; for one year, that has not happened. Compulsory education up to secondary level has not happened and the prom­ise of free science educa­tion has not happened too. The third thing he tried to achieve is to raise the hope of Nigerians, to reassure them that he will still de­liver on his promises.”

He expressed shock that while the ruling party mouthed free education up to secondary level, some APC-controlled states were about to privatise educa­tion.

Prof. Ogunyemi argued that the liberalisation of education runs counter to the aspiration of building a united, free and democratic country full of opportuni­ties for all.

“That is why the party that is in power now is saying that it will do ev­erything at the federal, but because there is no connec­tion within the framework of the manifesto, people at the state level cannot hold that party responsible; can­not expect the same level of delivery from the federal government.

“Take an illustration; here the government is say­ing because we value edu­cation, we are going to pro­vide education free for the first nine years in children’s lives. But we have states to­day, governed by the same political party where they are saying they are going to privatise education.” He said.

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