by ‘Jola Sotubo
The governor of Niger, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has blamed the nation’s politicians for the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Governor Aliyu is said to have stated that the penchant of Nigerian politicians and civil servants for stealing public funds was the reason why the nation’s educational sector was frequently crippled by strikes.
The governor said further that less public stealing would mean that education on all levels could truly be provided free of charge in Nigeria and hence ASUU strikes would be unnecessary.
Nigerian Eye reports:
Babangida, who spoke yesterday at the first convention and election of Bayero University Kano Alumni Association (BUKAA) executives in Kano said,
“There is no country that stealing is not taking place. But if we steal less, we will be able to provide free education to our teeming populace, from nursery to higher institution level.”
He added, “But we allowed things to deteriorate to a situation where we don’t actually know how much money is coming into the country, as what is being declared is not the actual amount. That is why we have a problem that our lecturers have to be on strike for more than five months.”
The governor lamented that in the whole world, it is only in Nigeria that academic activities are disrupted because of strike by university lecturers.
He called on Nigerian university alumni to help their alma maters through establishing a special endowment fund to enable the universities have enough money to pay staff salaries and allowances to avoid strikes in the future.