Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi State Chapter, has condemned the decision of the Federal Government to unilaterally abrogate the provision of free primary education to children of University staff.
Addressing a press conference in Bauchi over the weekend, the ATBU ASUU Chairman, Adamu M Babayo said the abrogation of the University Primary schools by the Government is a violation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU.
He said the FG decided to close down the University primary school in the fear that there are no money to fund the school as University administration were directed not to include the staff primary school in 2016 budget which means Government is not honoring the agreement started since 1992.
“Since 1992 ASUU had agreement with the FG that they will fund completely the staff primary school, while the agreement on the University secondary school is that parents will be responsible for the current expenditure, while Government will be responsible for capital expenditure but on the primary school it was agreed that they will fund it 100 percent but unfortunately, the Government asked all universities to remove the funding of the primary school from 2016 budget without dialogue” he added.
ASUU chairman also lamented the sack of 13 university Vice Chancellors by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu which they described as a violation of MOU signed by FGN/ASUU in 2013, saying FG refused to abide with the 2013 MOU where it was decided that there will be University autonomy, but recently the Minister of Education decided to sack 13 Vice Chancellors which is a violation to the agreement.
“We wondered how the Minister sacked and appoint 13 Vice Chancellors without meeting with university governing council because it is the mandate of the university council to remove and appoint vice chancellor and not the Minister,” he said.
The ASUU Chairman also faulted the FG for its failure to implement some other agreement reached since 2009 which among them are funding of Universities, pension reform act, earned academic allowances among others. Pointing out that the FG has taken steps that are strangulating the Universities and making no sense of the agreement.

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