ASUU Versus FG, who will win this fight hmm, "when two elephants fight.......", for the sake of the ground, our future leaders, let this fight come to reasonable end:
The minister who was delivering her keynote address at the opening ceremony of this year’s National Council on Finance and Economic Development, NACOFED, in Minna, Niger State, yesterday said that “at present, ASUU wants government to pay N92 billion in extra allowances over and above their salaries. Though we are in discussion with them, the problem is that the resources to take care of the demands are simply not there.
She said: “People are supportive when there is agitation to increase salaries, pensions among others.
“But on the other hand, people also turn around to say the recurrent budget is too high and there is no way you can have it both ways and so we have to make specific choices in this country.”
Okonjo-Iweala noted that the country was still suffering from the impact of the wage increase in 2010, adding that by the time other demands are added, the recurrent budget will be getting higher, thus leaving virtually nothing for capital.
She said: “Do we want to get to a stage when virtually all the monies and resources we earn are being used to pay salaries and allowances for public servants, who make up a minute percentage of the country’s population?
“If we do, it means that government workers will take up the entire budget of the country with nothing left for roads, water, education and others.”