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ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke replies Umahi and Keyamo – FG can borrow money for Trader Moni and also buy vehicles for Niger Republic, but can’t borrow to fund education

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The federal government has not yet informed the Academic Staff Union of Universities, according to Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, that it is unable to meet the union’s demands, which prompted them to go on strike.

Responding to assertions that the federal government should not borrow more than N1 trillion to meet ASUU’s demands, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo and Governor of Ebonyi State David Umahi, Osodee questioned why the federal government could borrow money for Trader Moni, to feed schoolchildren, and to purchase vehicles for the Niger Republic, but not to fund education.

He informed Punch;

“Do you believe the FG has no money? Is Umahi the FG? Has the Minister of Education said so? Has the Minister of Finance said so? If the person directed to resolve a matter has not said so when interlopers are saying things, who will you believe?

“When did Umahi become the spokesperson for the FG? They can borrow money for Trader Moni, they can borrow money to feed schoolchildren in schools, they can borrow to buy vehicles for Niger Republic, but they cannot borrow to fund education. We are tired too. If they want to close down all the universities formally, they should.”

When asked if ASUU would modify its demands to allow the students to resume their studies, Osodeke emphasized that the problem lay in the government’s refusal to sit down with ASUU for new negotiations.

Osodeke stated;

“It is not about ASUU bending its demands; our demands are with the government. They should come to us with what they want. We don’t have to beg them. We agreed on something and let them send it to us. We have reached a negotiation. Let them come and tell us what they can do.”

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