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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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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Exam Malpractice: Poly Ibadan Management burns Students’ Phones worth N15 million (See Photos)

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The management of the polytechnic Ibadan,  in a bid to provide lasting solution to the act of indisciplne and examination malpractice on Wednesday burnt thousands of cell phones with an estimated value of N15 million that were seized from students during examination period.

At the scene of  the exercise, Sculptor Bayo Oyeleke stated that the school authority has seen commenced effort to make the institution semester examinations sacred but some students still go to examination hall with mobile phones which is against the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of examination in the school.

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Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has commended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) for being the first institution to produce electric car in the country.

Aliyu made the commendation in Nsukka on Monday during the unveiling of a five-seater Electric Car, named ‘Lion Ozumba 551′, produced by the Faculty of Engineering in the university, NAN reports.

He urged other universities in the country to emulate UNN in giving serious attention to issues concerning innovations and technology in order to move the country to the next level.

He said: “NADDC on Feb. 6, invited UNN, University of Lagos, Usman Dan Fodio University and Metrological Institute and urged them to prepare a paper design on how to produce electric car in the country.

“The council is happy that UNN is the first to prepare a paper design and produced electrical car that has been unveiled and test-run today in the university.

“We urge other universities and higher institutions in the country to emulate innovation and technology spirit of UNN.”

The NADDC boss, who was represented by Mr David Oyetunji, Director Finance and Account in the council, hoped that the growth in automobile industry in the country would help to create more employments and save the nation’s foreign reserves spent in importing cars into the country.

“NADDC commends UNN, which recently produced the first gasification plant that used organic waste to generate electricity and today the same university is unveiling first electric-built car in the country,’’ Aliyu said.

In a remark, Prof. Charles Igwe, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university, who was visibly excited, said his administration would continue to give innovation and technology the highest attention in order to move the university to the next level.

Igwe expressed appreciation to the immediate past VC of UNN, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, who, he said, laid the foundation for innovation and technology in the institution.

“I feel happy that I inherited strong institution from Ozumba and I promised I will consolidate on his numerous achievements.

“I commend the Engineering Faculty for making the university proud and naming the car after Ozumba, who ignited the fire of innovation and technology in the university.

“I also commend NADDC for its encouragement as well as giving UNN a chance to show its potential,” Igwe said.

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