RELIEF FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS AS ASUU ENDS DISPUTE WITH FG
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The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has assured that the dispute between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Academic Staff Union of Universities over unpaid accumulated allowances and the devotion of 26 per cent of the National Budget for the education sector as recommended for countries by UNESCO has been resolved.
The resolution of the crisis, which brings relief to parents and students in the country’s public Universities followed series of meetings between the Government’s side and the Union.
Malam AdamAdamu, who announced the end of the crisis at the presentation of the 2017 budget presentation by the Minister of Budget and National Planning in Abuja on Monday, explained that the dispute which was mostly hinged on the demand of ASUU for the allocation of more money to the education sector, was resolved amicably.
The Minister noted that while devoting 26 per cent of the country’s budget for the education would make him happy, it was not possible to know how much that represents before any annual budget proposal was put together.
“I will be happy to have that 26 per cent. But it cannot be so when you do not know how much is the total budget,” he said.
He told his audience that during negotiation with ASUU it was agreed that the Universities should give details of how they utilized the N30 billion part payment of the aloowances made to them before the balance of N22 billion could be paid.
MBNP Information Unit
Monday, December 19. 2016