The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lamented gross under funding of public educational institutions in the country. ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole who stated this while reacting to a report by a national newspaper(Not Leadership) that the about 197,050 qualified candidates were denied admission in just seven public varsities lamented that only about 600,000 students managed to get admission into universities in Nigeria yearly out of average of 1.5million who purchase JAMB forms yearly.
The union said that the federal government was not doing anything to increase access to public university education in the country. ASUU said it is obvious that despite granting more licences to private universities in Nigeria, the choice destination of many Nigerian children are the public varsities that have been neglected for attention by the government.
The union noted that it had become obvious that a parent who sends his wards to private university as a civil servant must either be into another business or engrossed in corrupt activities.
ASUU said the NEEDS assessment conducted by government had clearly shown that most public varsities lacked infrastructure that could make them deliver fully on their mandates of teaching, researching and community servicing.
Omole lamented that rather than increase budgetary allocation to education, the ruling government which promised 15percent in their manifestoes during campaign dragged it downwards to about seven per cent instead of the minimum of 26percent suggested by UNESCO to government.
According to Omole, there is nothing stopping university of Ibadan from admitting up to 20,000 candidates if the government increased funding for its overstretched infrastructure, over-laboured lecturers working in environment that is not conducive.