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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 Federal 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 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.

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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. Minister 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.

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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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FEC approves N2.9 billion for printing of examination papers

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The Federal Executive Council has approved N2.9 billion for the printing of examination materials.

Speaking with state house correspondents on Wednesday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the approval was granted at the council’s meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adamu who revealed that the printing contracts were awarded to a group of eight printers said the materials are meant for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance.

According to him, the council also approved N1.6 billion for the rehabilitation of different roads located in the satellite towns of the FCT.

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He said the council approved N900,294,304.75 to fix the roads in Gwagwalada Area Council while N719,407,086.38 was approved for the Kwali Area Council rural roads.

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2020 WASSCE: WAEC announces new date to release result

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it postponed the release of the just concluded West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to next week due to curfew imposed in some parts of the country.

Recall that the council had said it will release the result within 45 days.

The head of public affairs of WAEC Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, had confirmed this on September 14.

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But a tweet on WAEC’s official Twitter page on Thursday said the result will be released in the first week of November.

It tweeted, “WASSCE SC 2020 Results Release Date: Dear candidates, the Council had planned to release the results today in fulfillment of our Project 45 but due to the curfew imposed last week, it had to be postponed till next week.”

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