The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Abuja zone has condemned statements credited to Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam in the media that the union is playing politics with Nigeria’s future.

Zonal Coordinator of the union Dr Suleiman Mohammed who issued a statement yesterday said rather than ASUU it is Federal Government playing politics with the future of Nigeria by not abiding by the 2009 agreement it willing entered into.

Mohammed also said Suswam’s statement that ASUU is not a better stakeholder than Federal Government which owns the universities is untrue.

He said: “ASUU is a better stakeholder than government in the university system because they are direct beneficiaries of the system on the issues of infrastructure in the universities.”

The union described Suswan’s threat of implementing the “no work, no pay” at Benue State University as abrogating the university senate and governing council to himself.

Meanwhile ASUU has said adequate funding for universities is non-negotiable if they are to become centres of excellence.

A statement released by the union which comprises of seven universities said Nigerian universities in the last thirty years have witnessed steady decline in quality owing to inadequate funding by government.

The union said: “For instance while countries like Ghana and Botswana are spending at least 8 per cent of their GDP on education, Nigeria spends a paltry 0.8 per cent in the pretext of funding its education sector.”

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