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Federal Govt Can’t Borrow N1.1trn To Meet ASUU Demands – David Umahi

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The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has waded into Federal Government (FG) and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) face-off that has trapped students at home for five months on.

The outgoing governor pointedly notes that despite the genuineness of the five-month industrial action embarked on by ASUU), it is not reasonable for the FG to request for loan tone of N1.1 trillion to meet the lecturers’ demands.

Umahi said this at the New Government House in Abakaliki when he received a delegation of the board of trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund headed by Dr. Ben Akabueze.

He added that there must be a commitment on the side of disagreeing parties to put to an end the lingering industrial action.

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In his words: “There is no way Nigeria will go and borrow N1.1 trillion to meet ASUU demands. It’s quite unreasonable. Are their demands genuine? Yes, but we can start little by little.

“So, it is important for ASUU to show some understanding and for those who are negotiating on the side of the government to also show some understanding. Let’s meet ourselves halfway and open our schools for the future of the students”.

“ASUU are not asking this to take to their houses so to say. I have read in social media, and newspapers how the students got into trouble by sitting at home or engaging in means of keeping themselves busy instead of being in school”.

“ASUU demand is for our children to better their future. To better the lecturers and the students. Yes, but we can start with a fraction of that demand and then have a programme that will run on the platform of sincerity to address all the issues,” he stated.

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