ASUU Strike: No TSA waiver for universities – Education Minister
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… Agrees to release N23bn Earned Allowances to ASUU
Universities will not be exempted from Treasury Single Account (TSA), but negotiation with striking lecturers will continue to meet their demands.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said lecturers requested that universities should be allowed off TSA, but “I think government will not do this.“
“But there are some peculiar funds in the universities, like endowments, prizes and so on. Government will exempt those ones.’’
He however said that the government would continue its negotiations with ASUU to fulfill their demands.
At the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, Adamu admitted that government had not fulfilled its own part of the agreements with the lecturers.
He acknowledged that ASUU had late last year issued a one-week strike notice leading to a meeting where agreements were reached but noted that the Association did not follow due process for the current strike.
He explained that they agreed on eight issues.
“Already, let’s say there was the issue of negotiation which is the only one they agreed that government has done what it promised because we set up the negotiation team and the negotiation is already on-going.
“There is the issue of their earned allowances and I think that because of some miscommunication, what was promised could not be done but I am assuring ASUU and the nation that this is going to be done.
“There is the issue of registration for the Nigerian Universities’ Pension Commission.
“I think in that one, there are few issues that they need to sort out with the Nigerian Pension Commission and I believe that there will be no problem there.
“The other is the issue of their staff school which I think the court has given them the verdict to go ahead with it.
Adamu stated that he expected that government and the striking lecturers would reach trusted agreements on the demands.
Explaining further on the TSA, he said that because the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not give interest on it, that was why endowments was exempted but other payments could be made into it.
He said ASUU had been paid N30 billion of the allowances requested but because they were unable to render account of its disbursement it was stopped.
“The figures that I know, they have been paid N30 billion and the problem actually arose because they were not able to account for this N30 billion.
“And we said we will only give them the balance if they are able to account and the balance is N23 billion,’’ he said.
The minister noted that the total demand was N53 billion, adding that government had the money to pay.
The minister re-affirmed his belief that ASSUU “is composed of patriotic people, very responsible’’, noting that it was one of the fruits of their struggle that led to the creation of the TETFUND.
He noted that without TETFUND today the university system could have collapsed, adding that he was not supporting ASUU but what was good.
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