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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied the claim that the Federal Government has paid them a sum of N163bn as part of its agreement to end the ongoing strike.

ASUU in a statement titled Re: N163bn released to ASUU: Putting the record straight,’ and signed by the Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Dr Ade Adejumo said, the public is being misinformed about the government’s claim.

The statement reads in part: “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 organization 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.

Federal Government representatives and leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities during one of their meetings to end ASUU strike   ASUU Strike: Lecturers deny receiving N163bn from government 1k5ktkpTURBXy8xOGZiNDU4NGY3Njg5ZmE0NDNmMWRmNDRhNzVjOTZlZS5qcGeSlQLNAxQAwsOVAgDNAvjCwwFederal Government representatives and leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities during one of their meetings to end ASUU strike

“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 receive and spend all the money coming into the university. ASUU doesn’t receive money from government and doesn’t spend it.

“Even money meant for our salaries and other allowances come directly to the university administration which prepares the budget and manages it. ASUU members collect only their salaries as paid by the university. Contracts and all the capital projects are awarded by the councils that are appointed by the government, not ASUU.

“It is in the context of the above that our union calls on the 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 should join forces with ASUU in its struggles to attract requisite funding into our public universities rather than working at cross purposes with us. Part of the least expected from them is to come out openly to put the record straight each time the government comes out with the deliberate falsehood that money has been released to ASUU.

ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi   ASUU Strike: Lecturers deny receiving N163bn from government 3jGktkpTURBXy83MWM5ODMxYmZlODM1YTlkMDdiYTBiNDAyNzk1MTE3Ny5wbmeSlQLNAxQAwsOVAgDNAvjCwwASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi

Speaking on the money allegedly released by the government to the union earlier, ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said the government’s claim about about release of N163bn is misleading.

He said, “the minister referred to the release of N163bn but that was not released by the Ministry of Education to revitalisation. That fund he alluded to was from TETFUND. TETFUND was there when we carried out the NEEDS Assessment in 2012. What we called Revitalisation Fund today is a product of that exercise of 2012. We have always drawn a line of distinction between what TETFUND gives and what we should access from the NEEDS Assessment Fund.

“They are different terms of intervention that should not be equated to one. TETFUND as an intervention agent is ASUU’s brainchild which became a reality. The funds from NEEDS Assessment is to fix specific items of deficiency in our system. Both Federal and state governments have now relinquished their responsibilities to TETFUND, they now hold on to it.”

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu says ASUU strike may soon end.   ASUU Strike: Lecturers deny receiving N163bn from government sFektkqTURBXy9mMGY1ZmE4NzZlZjliZTRkMzY1MWZjNTg4MzQxOWMyNi5qcGVnkpUCzQMUAMLDlQIAzQL4wsMMinister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu says ASUU strike may soon end.

The Federal government and ASUU leaders have met eight times to resolve their differences and suspend the strike, but each meeting ended without concrete resolutions.

ASUU declared an indefinite nationwide strike on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at its NEC meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure and since then, both the union and the Federal Government have been going back and forth to resolve the crisis.

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ASUU strike: Lecturers issue fresh threat to Buhari govt

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has threatened to embark on a fresh industrial action if the Federal Government fails to show commitment towards implementing the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi issued the threat during a briefing with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu while giving an update on the ongoing renegotiation with the government over the contending N25 billion on Wednesday.

Ogunyemi said, “Since information on the amounts mentioned in the media went round, the ASUU has been inundated with enquiries on the union’s perspective to the story.

“Funding for the revitalisation of public universities has for years been of very high priority to ASUU.

“Reaching an agreement with the Federal Government has often been a frustrating journey for our union. It is often marked with protests, strikes and requires a conscious and focused engagement. The 2001 agreement, which gave birth to the 2009 agreement, was not an exemption. The exception here is the personality leading the government negotiation team.

“The current leadership of the government team clearly lacks the academic disposition and humility needed to undertake such task.

“Our members enjoy their work and hate to see any disruption in the smooth running of our universities. However, the level of frustration occasioned by the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards meeting the terms of the 2019 Memorandum of Action that was freely signed with our union is increasingly becoming unbearable.

“We, therefore, call on all Nigerian patriots, parents and students including the Nigeria Labour Congress to prevail on the government to keep to the terms of our agreement. Otherwise, our union should not be held responsible for any disruption in the system.”

 

Source: Daily Post

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JAMB to honour five tertiary institutions

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has concluded arrangements for the presentation of awards to five tertiary institutions.

The board’s Head, Media, and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to Benjamin, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, would be doing the presentation on Thursday in Abuja at its maiden edition of the 2018 National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award (NATAP-M).

The JAMB’s spokesman stated that the award was in recognition of the institutions’ compliance to admission guidelines.

“We want to honor these institutions for doing what is expected of them in the past years, in terms of admission performance.

“Again, we looked at the most subscribed, the number of foreigners admitted gender balancing and national spread

“You know some tertiary institutions will like to localize their admission by narrowing it down to candidates from their locality.

“All such practice does not give our institutions the deserved exposure and competition as obtained in institutions in other climes.

“This is also partly the reason such institutions cannot attract foreign scholars.

“It is also the reason why most of them find it difficult to break through in terms of global ranking, aside from research and other considerations.

“We want to encourage our institutions to be having global out look and we believe that with this kind of awards, things will change for good,” Benjamin told NAN.

He said those expected at the award ceremonies were: Pro-Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, as well as Provosts of Colleges of Education and Rectors of Polytechnics.

 

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