BREAKING: ASUU making unrealistic demands - Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education, Dr
Oby Ezekwesili, on Sunday said that
the demands by the Academic Staff
Union of Universities were unrealistic
in light of the current economic
situation in Nigeria .
Ezekwesili said this while speaking
with the News Agency of Nigeria in
Ibadan while reacting to the ongoing
strike embarked upon by the union.
Strike: We won ’ t go back to class until
govt implements past agreements –
The former minster said that lasting
solution to the crisis bedeviling the
education sector could only be found
from strong analysis of the issues
raised by ASUU and evidenced based
“ Money is not limitless and yet
everyone must acknowledge that
investment in education is crucial and
it is key.
“ There are , however, some
fundamental reforms that the sector
needs in order to ensure that it is not
about the size of the funding but about
the productivity of the funding .

“ You cannot simply express a desire, it
must be founded on reality and that
means you must know what can be
achieved within a given period, ” she
said .
According to her , a structural and
policy change which allows public and
private investments should be
integrated into the university system .
“ If you remember , the ASUU
negotiation started in 2007 when I was
the Minister of Education and we
constituted a government negotiation
team, led by the late Gamaliel
“ Even though that period was short,
one of the major issues for me was for
us to make sure that we were being
evidenced based in the way we were
solving the problem ,
“ We considered issues like the existing
model in countries similar to us in
emerging economies, ’’ she said .
The former minister said the team also
considered what could be done by the
public and private sectors about
university funding among others .
“ Those are the kinds of evidence that
we had and on the basis of which we
hinged our negotiation at that time ,
“ It was a very short period and then
we had to leave and the next
government that took over had to
“ I do not know the basis of the final
agreement they reached with ASUU ,
but if it was not anchored on
analytical evidence, I am not surprised
that there has been inability to
implement it. ”
Ezekwesili urged both the Federal
Government and ASUU to return to the
negotiating table and work on the
basis of analysis and evidence to find
lasting solution to the dispute.

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