Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), has demanded adequate funding of the education sector in the country.
In a statement issued by the union’s General Secretary, Comrade Iyoyo Hamilton, at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) held in Abuja on Tuesday, it said that the N50 billion sectoral allocation for the education sector in the 2017 budget is inadequate to promote educational advancement in the country.
Iyoyo said that such amount as proposed in the 2017 Appropriation Bill is less than 10 per cent of the 2017 total budget, adding that there is imperative need for the federal government to improve the education sector budgetary allocation as a panacea to the recovery of the sector from the current economic recession.
He queried the allocation to the capital projects in this budget adding that such funds are usually handled by big multinational companies which domicile the funds outside Nigeria, thereby depriving the local economy of sufficient funds to sustain domestic economy growth.
The union also decried the reluctance of the government to implement the 2009 agreement freely entered into with the union leaders, urging the government to implement the agreement this year for harmonious industrial relationship in the education sector.
The union scribe urged state governments owing workers to properly use the bail out funds judiciously to off-set such outstanding salary arrears to the workers.
He called for the continuous re-training of union members to acquire more technological know-how to ensure growth of the nation’s economy.
The labour leader said that the union reiterated its stand for integrity test to be carried out before the appointment of vice chancellors of the nation’s universities to checkmate unsavoury development in the sector.
The union appealed to the National Assembly to ensure early passage of the proposed 2017 Appropriation Bill for quick assent by the President, for prompt implementation.