THE Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has tackled President Goodluck Jonathan for allegedly reneging on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it signed with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on January 23, 2012.
CNPP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary,Osita Okechukwu, said after it carefully reviewed the 2001 and 2009 ASUU agreements with the Federal Government of Nigeria, it had began to doubt “that Education is listed in the Jonathan Transformation Agenda”.
The CNPP pointed out that in the said MOU, it was clearly agreed that, “Government reaffirms its commitment to the revitalisation of Nigerian Universities through budgetary and non-budgetary sources of funds.”
“Government will immediately stimulate the process with the sum of N100 billion and will build this up yearly to the sum of N400 billion for the next three years’
“CNPP notes with great concern that only two out of ten items in the MOU were honoured which are:
Reinstatement of Governing Councils and Retirement Age of lecturers. We regard the reinstatement of Governing Council as inconsequential andself-serving, for it only creates job for Jonathan’s boys.
“The more important and crucial items in the MOU and the 2009 Agreement, like the stimulation of the university system with N100 billion in 2012, N400 billion in next three years, Federal Government’s assistance to State universities, 26% progressive increase of annual budget of education, setting up research and development by companies operating in Nigeria and university autonomy were consigned to the dustbin.
“We had thought that President Jonathan as a don could have been more passionate with education and concerned that no Nigerian university is listed among the 100 best university in the world
“Consequently, CNPP is in solidarity with ASUU in their legitimate demand to revitalise our educational system and promote development of our universities as centers of excellence” the statement said.
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