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Blame FG For Crisis In Universities- ASUU

Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 2:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Isaac Olamikan

Benin – The federal government has been accused of causing the myriad problems plaguing the university system in Nigeria.

The umbrella union of Nigerian universities’ lecturers, Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), made the accusation in a statement in Benin City Wednesday.

The lecturers said that the government is contributing to the threat to peace in the Nigerian university system, infrastructure decay and poor welfare of students in tertiary institutions.

Prof. Anthony Monye-Emina, zonal coordinator of ASUU, Benin zone, who signed the statement, said it is unfortunate and a sad development that the federal government has not been sending enough money to pay salaries in its universities.

“In universities where full salary is seemingly paid, deductions for co-operative societies, welfare associations, union dues and so on, come in arrears. This implies that such deductions are accumulated to be able to make full payment of salary in subsequent months after which remittance is made.

“In essence, university staff savings is what is used to augment the shortfall. It is important to note that this accumulation of deductions/remittances is exclusive of tax deductions.

“This implies that tax deductions are remitted as at when due to the same government that does not feel obliged to avail the universities the full complement of their allocations.

” This development is in addition to shortfall in running, operational, logistics and other costs,” Professor Emina said.

The ASUU leader added that most universities are under the burden of severe financial crisis, stressing that the reason for this unfortunate development is incomprehensible and the government on its part has not deemed it fit to proffer an explanation or tell when this will cease.

Lamenting the neglect of the Education sector by the Government, Emina said, the federal government’s promise to inject funds periodically to rehabilitate facilities in the universities, a component of the MOU between the FGN and ASUU which saw the end of the 2013 strike is not being kept.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the way and manner government at all levels are treating matters affecting the universities noting that the university staff are unable to meet their obligations with obvious consequences, “coupled with the already poor state of infrastructures whose present state can be imagined.”

Emina said the use of co-operative, welfare savings and union dues to make up for the shortfalls and the ridiculous handouts in whatever guise in place as salary, is unacceptable, adding that the Union should not be held liable in the event of any crisis in the Nigerian University system.