The latest news reaching our desk has to do with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Niger Delta University chapter on Thursday who condemned the modus operandi in the sharing of the Federal Government N200 billion to public universities.
However, this brought in the intervention of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who recalls that the fund was disbursed by the Federal Government in the wake of the recent ASUU strike.
Hence, Dr Beke Sese, ASUU chapter Chairman also told NAN in Yenagoa that the sharing formula was done in favour of the federal universities.
“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’’. As he continued
As he was in the speech argument came in that the 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.
Disbursing more funds to state universities will bring them to the same level with the federal universities. He also said.
He also 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.
All the public universities that have contributed to the strike that brought about the money, stressing that there was no justification for the federal universities to benefit more.
He continued said that the sharing formula was a cautious attempt by certain individuals in the country to divide ASUU along federal and state universities line.
The ASUU chapter chairman said would not augur well for the union, as he said.
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