We are not aware of FG's N25bn approval - ASUU

We are not aware of FG's N25bn approval - ASUU

- ASUU has expressed disappointed over federal government's failure to fulfill its own part of the agreement it signed

- According to the union's president, he is not aware federal government approved N25 billion for its members

- The union said it expected, as agreed, that the N25 billion EAA part payment would be paid between 25th February, 2019 and 28th February, but nothing has been done

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied knowing that the federal government reportedly approved the sum of N25 billion for the payment of Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) for universities.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of the union, said this on Thursday, May 23, in Abuja when he was responding to the statement of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, on the approval, Leadership reports.

The ASUU chairman said it is very important for the union to clarify the statement of the minister claiming that the approval was for the partial fulfillment of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) signed with the government.

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Ogunyemi said the union is really disappointed with the government’s failure to fulfill its own part of the agreement it signed.

“Following the signing of the MoA, the union expected, as agreed, that the N25 billion EAA part payment would be paid between 25th February, 2019 and 28th February, 2019.

“As we speak today, there is no evidence that mainstreaming of EAA into the annual budget, beginning from this year, has been done. Indeed what has been going on is the tossing around of the agreement document between the offices of the Hon Minister of Education and Finance.

“All our efforts to track the said N25 billion at the office of the Accountant General of the Federation have proved abortive. This is not only unacceptable to us but disheartening and frustrating to our members across the country.

"It is frustrating because we have visited the Ministry of education at least three times and written letters to the Ministry since we signed the MoA in February 2019, all to no avail. This is complete breach of trust on the part of government,” he said.

The union chairman said that union expects nothing less than the immediate payment of the N25 billion that is due to its members.

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The chairman said the academic staff union is alarmed by the statement credited to the minister, and said that none of its members should be held responsible if education services in the universities are disrupted.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that ASUU threatened to embark on another strike over federal government failure to keep its own side of the bargain on the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

ASUU's national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking in Abuja said President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration clearly lacks the academic disposition and humility needed to undertake the task of negotiation with the body for a better learning environment.

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