NATIONAL President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Nasir Fagge Isa, has said that the union would consolidate on the gains of its 2013 struggles in 2014.
In a statement signed by the President and made available to journalists Thursday in Abuja, the union boss noted that 2013 was a year of struggle to salvage the Nigerian education system from the “jugular grip of Bretton-Woods Institutions”.
He said a significant increase in budgetary allocation to the education sector would be pursued in 2014 to achieve United UNESCO’s 26 per cent recommendation.
The ASUU president said that the union would also follow-up on its agreement with the government concerning the welfare of lecturers to ensure implementation and industrial harmony.
He also disclosed that the union will convene a National Summit on Education to X-ray the problems of the sector and to proffer solutions.
According to him, “there will be a general improvement in the quality and access to education at all levels for the Nigerian citizens.
“2014 is the year in which, if we all do our bit as required, a foundation to genuine national development will be laid through the production of quality manpower at all levels for our dear country”, he stated.
It will be recalled that the union had recently called off its 5-month old industrial action they had embarked upon, following the release of the sum of N200b by government as infrastructural development fund for Universities.