Monday, January 28

ASUU accused the federal government of spreading fake information on N163 billion

ASUU response to government of N163 billion given to them.

the Academy staff union of universities revealed that government did not give them any money.

they also accused  the government of announcing  fake news to the public while the did not see any money given to them.

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).

 “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.

 "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. "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 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.
source: Legit

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