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Presidency Opens Up On ASUU Strike Says ASUU's Demand Is Bigger Than Education Ministry Budget

at 02:34 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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The presidency has revealed that the financial demands of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities is more than the total allocation to the Ministry of Education in the 2017 Budget. While speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, indicated that the federal government may not be able to meet the huge financial obligation the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands.
 
According to Mallam Shehu, the N850 billion debt is more than the total allocation to the Ministry of Education in the 2017 Budget which is at N369 billion, adding that the union leaders were aware of the fact that the Muhammadu Buhari administration inherited the agreements based on which the strike was declared.
 
The presidency who reminded the academic union that the FG had set up a committee on the matter, regretted that they decided to uphold mark on stroke at a time they were expected to sit down and negotiate with the committee.
On the impossibility of meeting the huge financial obligation by government, Shehu said,
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“Governments enter into agreements that they can pay for. Ability to pay is a key requirement in going into agreements.
 “Since President Buhari assumed office, he has sent words out there in form of a warning to all government institutions that ‘please do not go into negotiations and agreements that you cannot pay for. Get the clearance.’
“I understand they are talking about debts owed their members to the tune of N850 billion. If I am correct, the entire appropriation for the Ministry of Education for this year is N369 billion. So where do they want to get the money from?
“We have inherited these agreements and we are not running away from them. Government has set up a committee led by Babalakin. They are already sitting. Why didn’t they sit down and negotiate all these things?
“This strike is totally unnecessary. The issues can be resolved especially where we have full understanding of where we are coming from. The governments that signed those agreements did not deem it fit to implement because the capacity was not there."
ruthie at 02:40 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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WHY DIDNT THAT CLULESS GEJ PAY THESE GUYS WHEN THE PRICES OF OIL WERE UP...NOW WE DONT HAVE MONEY...NOW WHERE WILL THEY SEE HUGE SUMS TO PAY..PLS GO TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY N COLLECT MONEY FROM THOSE JOBLESS FELLOWS TO PAY ASUU...GOVT IS GOVT HENCE THEY SHOULD PAY OFF SOME OF THE MONIES PROMISED
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pricklong at 02:43 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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if to steal nigeria money is not bigger than the ministry  but to pay no moey  politicians you people we kill this country
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tegonwa at 02:56 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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How Much Do Politicians Loot And Stack In Secret Houses?I Wish ASUU Would Stand Firm This Time Until Every Kobo Is Paid.Too Hopeless A Claim By The FG.Mendaciously Hopeless.Nawaa O!
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Starnixx at 03:43 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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blaah bla
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james987 at 04:16 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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 ???Up APC
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KennyFidel at 06:48 PM, 16 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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JEG caused wahala and left, there's God ooo
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WhaleDog at 06:21 AM, 17 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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The other day Gej dey fumble blah blah how international transparency rated nija high on their charts .I wonder how did guy made it through to doctorate degree .His intelligence quota is Lowe than first degree holder sense of analysis .The past administration looted the treasury dried up and expected to pay ASUU from the interest accumulated from Diezani and Dasuki diversification of public fund .No ! Na from Diezani bushy phussy and Dasuki dwarf brick den go take pay !Animaks in human skin

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oyawale at 08:18 AM, 17 Aug 17 (1 month ago)
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The huge debt did not accrue within one budget year,that comparison is a very wrong one by Garbage Shehu. The payment could be staggered and spread over a period of time.
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