The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Saturday has urge the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, declare a five-year state of emergency in the education sector by allocating 26 per cent of its annual budget to the sector.
The union claimed that the allocation of 26 per cent of federal and state governments’ budget to education would go a long way in resuscitating the sector and avert the plaguing crisis between it and government.
The Sokoto Zonal Coordinator of the union, Jamilu Shehu, who disclosed this at a press conference in Katsina, said at least six per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should be allocated to education during the period under review.
He said: “Government should declared a five-year state of emergency in the education sector. During this period, at least 6 per cent of the GDP or 26 per cent of federal government budget as well as 26 per cent of each state government budget should be allocated to education during this period.”
He however said the imposition of what he termed the obnoxious Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) on ASUU members by the federal government does not address the peculiarities of varsities’ academics and was not applicable to any other university system in the world.