The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has seen the proposed plan to establish a private university to be named after President Muhammadu Buhari by his wife Mrs Aisha Buhari as an anomaly, saying the move is similar to the development of existing public universities in the country.
While advising President Buhari and his wife to be tentative in establishing the proposed university, the academic union of the country, said if the plan becomes a reality, it will spell doom for public education and also an insight that the Presidency does not take funding of public universities as a major course.
ASUU, through its branch at the University of Ibadan branch Chairman, Professor Deji Omole and Former National Treasurer of the Union, Professor Ademola Aremu, likened that plan which is still in early stage has confirmed why President Buhari has “continued to reduce budgetary allocation to education since he assumed office in 2015″.
The union leaders said these while speaking with some journalists in Ibadan.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, had at a Town hall meeting in Yola had revealed that she would establish a private university to be named after the President, Buhari in collaboration with some foreigners.
Professor Omole said, “When I also heard about the proposed private university to be named after Mr President, I just looked at it as a joke taken too far. If we have a president in a country that has simply refused to fund public education and all we get from the family of the first lady is to establish a private university in collaboration with some foreigners.”
“To me, I think, it is a disaster for this country and for a sitting president. The implication is that Nigerians should know that this leadership does not believe in publicly funded education”.
He summon Nigerians to support the grapple for the government to take education as a major investment upon which this country will be set free.
“It is not the children of the rich that will solve the problems of Nigeria but the children of the poor and the tool they need is quality education”
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