By Osaro Idiaghe
In line with the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU strike that commenced on the 9th of March 2020 and the current COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the shut down of schools and other learning institutions in Nigeria, ASUU has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against cutting down the health and education budgets in the proposed 2020 revised appropriation.
The union did this in a tweet published on its Twitter handle on the 13th of April where it asked that the government refrain from defrauding the nation by garbling budgeted social intervention funds with donated funds meant for palliatives for the vulnerable to aid them in coping with the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has negatively affected their livelihoods.
The federal government is proposing a slash of N50.76billion from the original N111.78 billion budgeted for UBEC to bring it down to N61.02 billion and a cut of N26.51 billion from the N44.49 billion allocated to Basic Healthcare to bring it down to N17.98 billion.
On the 14th of April, the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) also made it clear on its Twitter handle that the indefinite strike between the union and the Federal Government is still on as no agreement has been made yet on the issues leading to the strike itself.