President of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr Nasir Fagge, yesterday said the union would build on the gains of its 2013 struggles this year.

Fagge said in a signed in Abuja that 2013 was a year of struggle to salvage the Nigerian education system from the grip of Bretton-Woods institutions’.

It would be recalled that the union had on December 17, 2013, called off its 5-month old industrial action, after the release of N200 billion by Federal Government as infrastructural development fund for universities.

The statement read: “A significant increase in budgetary allocation to the education sector would be pursued in 2014 to achieve UNESCO’s 26 per cent recommendation.

“The union would also follow-up on its agreement with the Federal Government concerning the welfare of lecturers to ensure implementation and industrial harmony.

“The union will convene a national summit on education to X-ray the problems of the sector and proffer solutions.

“There will be a general improvement in the quality and access to education at all levels for the Nigerian citizens.

“2014 is the year in which, if we all do our bit as required, a foundation to genuine national development will be laid through the production of quality manpower at all levels for our dear country.”

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