Yahaya Bello of governor of Kogi state has faulted the federal government for the money spent on the COVID-19 response, saying it could have been used to resolve the lingering issue between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ASUU has shut down public universities since February 14 over the federal government’s failure to meet up with the agreement made with the union on the funding of universities as well as salaries and allowances of lecturers.
Thus far, students have spent 186 days at home–wasting part of their productive ages.
Reacting to the development while featuring on Sunrise Daily by Channels Television, on Friday, Mr Bello said ”trillions” spent on nose masks and hand sanitisers over COVID in the country could have been used to the benefit of the education sector.
“Like I used to say; I’ll return to the days when I was a loner, I think I’m still a loner on the issue of no COVID-19. The trillions spent buying nose masks and hand sanitisers… a lot could have solved this ASUU issue, but that’s that,” he said.
The governor also said ministers of education and labour and employment who are negotiating with ASUU are not representing President Muhammadu Buhari well.
“I don’t think they [ministers] are representing Mr President well. This is a man that cares so much about education, and even children during that lockdown were being fed at home.
“Those who Mr President entrusted to handle this protracted issue are not doing justice to it.”
He said the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is making efforts to resolve the issues.
“The NGF has been making every effort to ensure that on behalf of all the governors, we discuss with ASUU and all those that are involved, we are making such efforts,” he said.
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