ASUU rejects N10,000 varsity support charge by parents

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has rejected the proposed payment of N10,000 per session by each parent to help the federal government make more money available for universities.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria was proposing the levy and seeking an audience with the government over ASUU’s ongoing strike.

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

“We propose an amount of N10,000 per parent for each session paid directly to the universities. That will be our own contribution, in addition to other statutory fees, to make more money available to the universities.

“It can be called the parental contribution for universities. We are on the receiving end of the union action. We plead with the ASUU and the Federal Government to resolve their differences immediately,” NAPTAN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, known during an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday.

But in response to the proposed levy on Thursday, ASUU’s national president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said parents should step in by joining the body and increasing pressure on the top government.

Osodeke made the call during an interview on Arise Television on Thursday.

“I think what this association should do is tell the government to carry out its function. They should put pressure on the government to use Nigerians’ money to fund education, as is done in other countries.

“We cannot call ourselves the giant of Africa and we are the worst in education. You see students from Nigeria go to Ghana, Republic of Benin, Togo and other small countries to study, but nobody from these countries come to Nigeria to study.

“So they should increase the pressure from ASUU to make sure that the government prioritizes education. That is more important than the N10,000”.

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