The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied receiving one hundred and sixty-three billion naira from the federal government. In a statement on Sunday, Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Ade Adejumo, accused the federal government of spreading falsehood.
ASUU has been on strike since November 2018 to press home demands such as the revitalization of universities, among others. The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had announced that the federal government had released the sum to universities from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
However, in clarifying the situation yesterday, Adejumo said it is the council and the university administration that receives and spends all the money coming into the university and not ASUU.
The union called 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. It called on them to join forces with ASUU in its struggles to attract requisite funding into the nation’s public universities rather than working at cross purposes with the union.
Adejumo called the vice-chancellors and council chairmen 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.