Varsities remain shut 2 months after as ASUU denies FG’s N163bn release

President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has informed Blueprint that he was not aware of any release to the union as claimed by the Minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige,

However, ASUU Leader told Blueprint to inquire from vice chancellors who are in a better position to confirm it. 

Ogunyemi said: “I’m not aware of any new release that has been made to the universities. ASUU does not collect money directly from government. Only university vice chancellors can confirm if they received any money. Those we asked said arrears of salary shortfalls have not been released to them.”

The striking lecturers had embarked on strike on November 4, 2018, to press home a number of demands bordering on the revitaisation of universities and academic staff welfare. 

Federal Government had said it released N163bn to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) pool.

Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige who spoke on behalf of government said President Muhammadu Buhari was greatly worried about the situation in the university system, hence his steady and holistic approach to tackling the rot through adequate funding.

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