Labour urges FG to create project fund for Universities

Labour urges FG to create project fund for Universities

By Larry Onwuta

Trade Union Congress has called on the federal government to create special project funds for Nigeria Universities as that would not only solve the problem of aboundon projects but enhance development in the countries tertiary education.

The Chairman Enugu State Council of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe, said the government’s nonchalant attitude towards development of education further created room for private Universities that are not reachable, affordable to the parents to exist in the country.

Igbokwe who stated this while briefing journalists in Enugu noted that private schools thrive in other countries but regretted the manner at which managers of private Universities subjected those hungry for tertiary education to suffering due high coast of fees in aforementioned colleges in Nigeria.

While reacting to the industrial action embarked upon by Academic Senior Staff of Universities, ASSU, Comrade Igbokwe expressed dissatisfaction over the non implementation of the agreement reached between ASSU and the federal government.

Also he affirmed that government having accepted reaching an agreement with ASSU should endeavour to abide by that accord, according to him, “If people reached an agreement so such treaty must be implemented as failure to do that would not only create disharmony but promote rivalry among the actors involved in the issue and students will suffer as teaching and learning were put on hold, he stated.

The TUC Chairman while answering questions on the Paris club fund said the government of Enugu state had always been transparent in relating with workers. Igbokwe told Reformist Newspaper online that when the Paris club fund of N5.1billion came, that governor Igwuanyi called stakeholders meeting purposely to inform people about his intension to use 50% for the payment of salaries and pension.

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According to him, N3.1billion was for the state while N2.billion was for the local government, stating that once government runs an open door policy, carry workers along in its policies then they will have no option than to work with the government.

Igbokwe said “if the government pay salary regularly, Labour had no reason to fight such administration rather to monitor the internally generated revenue and if there is any increase, we will ask the government to give us our own” he concluded

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