NASU cautions FG on establishment of tertiary institutions

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has urged the federal government to put a stop to the practice of indiscriminate establishment of tertiary institutions in every part of the country by both the federal and the state governments.

While lamenting poor funding of tertiary education across the country, NASU President Comrade Hassan Makolo said the situation was compounded by the indiscriminate establishment of tertiary institutions “in every hamlet in the country”, saying  there’s need to focus more on funding for already existing institutions.

Hassan also said state governors were the biggest beneficiaries of the fuel subsidy removal, which he said, had plunged millions of Nigerians into abject poverty, as they continue to grapple with a high cost of living.

“In view of the fact that all State government workers are equally affected by the same hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy, we call on the remaining state governments to, as a matter of urgency, announce and implement their awards.

“State governments have no option than to do so because they are the biggest beneficiaries of fuel subsidy removal in view of the quantum of increase in the allocations they are now receiving from the Federation account,” the labour leader said.

Hassan also called on President Bola Tinubu to kickstart the processes of reviewing the current National Minimum Wage Act, as workers were struggling to survive the harsh economy and an extremely high cost of living which was no longer commensurate with their take home pay.

While noting that the country was facing economic crisis, the NASU leader  lamented that the monetary policies of the immediate past and current government had given rise to an inflation rate of 27.3 percent, an exchange rate of as high as N1,100 to a dollar as at the time of report.

He said the inadequate funding of tertiary institutions by Federal and State Governments had reached a critical juncture, leading to infrastructural decay, poor service delivery and low staff morale.

He said: “This is evident in the quality of products from these institutions. A country faced with this situation cannot be talking of quality manpower and development. 

“We, however, acknowledge the effort of the Federal Government towards addressing the lack and decay of infrastructure in the education sector over the years through the establishment of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and other interventions of the Federal Government such as the revitalization fund that came in through Needs Assessment.

“These efforts, notwithstanding, funding of education falls short of UNESCO’s recommendation of 26% allocation to the education sector in National budgets.”