Friday, 4 April 2014

ASUU flays sharing formula of N200bn university fund

Yenagoa - The Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU), Niger Delta University chapter on Thursday
kicked against the formula adopted in the sharing of
the Federal Government N200 billion to public
universities.

The media recalls that the fund was disbursed by
the Federal Government in the wake of the recent
ASUU strike.

Dr Beke Sese, ASUU chapter Chairman told the
media in Yenagoa that the sharing formula was done

in favour of the federal universities.
He said that the fund was shared 80 per cent to
federal universities and 20 per cent to state
universities, respectively, which he said was not
equitable “and therefore, unacceptable”.


He argued that federal universities had advantage
over their state counterparts in terms of
infrastructure development and therefore it was
proper for state universities to benefit more from the
fund.

According to him, disbursing more funds to state
universities will bring them to the same level with
the federal universities.
He noted that since the money was a special
intervention fund, it should be shared in a fair and
equitable manner to all the public universities.
He said that all the public universities contributed to
the strike that brought about the money, stressing
that there was no justification for the federal
universities to benefit more.

He said that the sharing formula was a deliberate
attempt by certain individuals in the country to
divide ASUU along federal and state universities line.
The situation, the ASUU chapter chairman said
would not augur well for the union.
- NAN

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