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ASUU: “GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL” —MINISTER OF STATE FOR EDUCATION, EMEKA NWAJIUBA

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“The 2.2 million children we have in tertiary institutions who are in the universities and other tertiary institutions, and the nearly 100,000 lecturers, that work with them are a very important segment of our workforce. But then, they are not the only people in Nigeria.

“There are unionists in so many different parts. All we manage to sell after banditry attacks is just less than 1,000 barrels of oil in a day. When the money comes in, it is that money we are going to use to pay the police, Man O’ War, and all the civil defence groups and other organisations in Nigeria.

“ It is that same money we are going to use in paying secondary school teachers. To build infrastructure, the government just goes around begging China, begging this, begging that. But to pay salary, we have to sell this little crude oil in order to keep the lives of 200-so million lives running.”

“You can see what the Ministry of Finance is doing. It gave N50bn, N20bn. We don’t have N200bn in the coffers at a go. When the last President (Goodluck Jonathan) signed the agreement, he thought he might have the money. The government can’t be managed like that: The government will not be robbing Peter to pay Paul.” — The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba disclosed.

He further explained that the government had no money to fund the ASUU’s requests at a go as the sale of petroleum had dropped drastically in the country.

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