- The Academic Staff Union of Universities have said that they would not stand with the government on the plan to introduce education loans
- The union through its national president said the education loan system has failed in many countries across the world and should not be adopted by Nigeria
- According to the union, there is need for the students unions in Nigerian institution to trow their support for them against FG's plans
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The national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has opposed a proposal by the Federal Government to introduce education loans.
Osodeke in a statement seen by Legit.ng said the proposed education loans have already proven to be a failure in Nigeria and some other countries where it was introduced.
Issued shortly after ASUU's national executive council meeting which took place at the University of Calabar, the statement said lecturers are appealing to Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to release the withheld salaries of its members.
Osodeke also said that the union views such as casualisation with the payment of salaries to some of its members in the month of October based on pro-rata.
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The statement read in part:
"The union is disturbed by the surreptitious moves by the government to price university education beyond the reach of the poor Nigerian students and their parents through the introduction of various charges."
The union also called on all the student bodies across various institutions to rise up to the current situation with a view to ending the calamity which has befallen the nation's education sector.
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had earlier called on the federal government to fulfil its promises.
The union's chapter at the University of Ibadan (UI) staged a peaceful protest seeking their entitlement.
Chairman of the union at UI, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, said the federal government is trying to destroy public universities.
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In another development, ASUU members say they are ready for a major showdown with the federal government over issues concerning payments.
The federal government has withheld the salaries of the lecturers for about eight months sparking outrage.
Members of the union say the current situation is unacceptable and they will go the extra length to seek justice.