- ASUU has denied receiving N163 billion from the federal government
- Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had reportedly announced that the federal government had released N163 billion to universities
- According to the union, it doesn’t receive money from government and doesn’t spend it and its members collect only their salaries as paid by the university
Following allegations that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) received N163 billion from the federal government, the union has come out to refute the claims.
ASUU in denying the allegations, accused the federal government of spreading fake information. The union also urged university vice chancellors to set the record straight whenever government comes out with “deliberate falsehood that money has been released to ASUU”.
This was disclosed in a statement by Ade Adejumo, Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, on Sunday, January 27.
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had reportedly announced that the federal government had released N163 billion to universities from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
In reaction, the union said: “Once again, the attention of our union has been drawn to another piece of misinformation which gives the impression that ASUU collects money from government.
“For umpteenth time, let it be known that our union is a patriotic organisation whose activities are driven by principled conviction that the resources of the country can better be managed for the ultimate benefit of the Nigerian society, especially the education sector which is our immediate constituency.
"The government and all civilized individuals are aware of how the university is managed, so also the resources available to it. The government knows that it is the council and the university administration that receives and spends all the money coming into the university. ASUU doesn’t receive money from government and doesn’t spend it."
According to Adejumo, money meant for salaries and other allowances come directly to the university administration which prepares the budget and manages it and ASUU members collect only their salaries as paid by the university. He added that contracts and all the capital projects are awarded by the councils that are appointed by the government, not ASUU.
The union urged vice-chancellors and council chairmen to "stop behaving like vultures that wait silently by the sidelines, waiting for the game to fall only to descend on the carcass."
They were called on to join forces with ASUU in its struggles to attract requisite funding into public universities rather than working at cross purposes with the union.
"Part of the least expected from them is to come out openly to put the record straight each time the government come out with the deliberate falsehood that money has been released to ASUU.
"Governing council and the vice-chancellors, are the receiving and spending agents. Simple honour demands that they publicly own up to this fact. Their silence in this regard leaves room for unfair speculation about ASUU," ASUU said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the federal government said that university students may soon return to their various higher institutions as the Academic Staff Union of Universities could call of its strike in the week starting from Monday, January 28.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, speaking with journalists after a press conference on Friday, January 25, said there was a possibility of university lecturers ending their strike soon.
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