The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday oppose gossip spreading that it has gotten the sum of N163 billion from the national government in his request to suspend the 3-month old strike.
ASUU In a discharge entitled “Re: N163 billion Released To ASUU: Putting the Record Straight”, endorsed by the Ibadan Zonal organizer of the Association, Dr Ade Adejumo, encouraged the administration to focus endeavors at finding a speedy decision of the predicament as opposed to spending energy on false news & low disinformation planned at spoiling the picture of the Union.
The Association portrayed the central government as wicked in deceiving the general society when it realizes that ASUU as enthusiastic association of very smart people only battle for good education while university management & administering board get the cash.
ASUU brought up that the administration realizes that it is administering committees & university managements that get & spend all the cash going to the university.
As per ASUU, contracts & every single capital work are allocated by the committees that are selected by the government & not ASUU.
ASUU approached vice chancellors & councils to quit acting like vultures by coming out & blatantly to put the record unmixed each time government turns out with intentional lies that cash had been discharged to ASUU.
“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 organisation 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.”
“They, that is, 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”, it said.