Addressing a news conference at the party’s headquarters, the Chairman of LP Youth Congress James Momo observed that the increment imposes hardship on the already impoverished student population at the university and said the time of the increment is very wrong.
The LP Youth Chairman said the most promising solution to this long-standing problem of under-support to the University is for the Executive and Legislative branches of Government to tighten their belts and reduce recurrent expenditures.
“We suggest that the Government immediately implement strategies to reduce the following expenditures: the substantial salaries of Government officials, gas coupons, and scratch cards, procurement of luxury vehicles and unnecessary travel expenses of Government employees. These reductions can subsequently be redirected toward the improvement of the facilities and conditions at the state-run University,” he told journalists.
Youth Chairman Momo indicated that funds from these perks can go towards the upkeep of the university instead of high increment that will disallow the youth populace from seeking higher education in the country.
He also admonished the National Legislature to use their constitutional power to prevail on the Executive branch of government to maintain the annual budget of the state run university to enable the UL authority effectively operate.
The Liberty stalwart said his party will exert all means necessary to ensure that the UL increment does not come into effect next semester as it has already been planned by the UL authority.
He said while it is true that the university is facing financial constraints as a result of the low budgetary allotment given the institution, equally so, government should consider the economic conditions of students in the country.
Mr. James Momo noted that it looks hilarious to see a country rich in resources like diamond, gold, rubber, and iron ore, where government officials ride US$90,000 jeeps but the state is unable to fund its own university.