The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has challenged the federal government to stop distorting facts about funds released to the union.
National President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the ongoing strike was still lingering due to a few disagreement between the government and the union on the mode of releasing the agreed funds.
Speaking with The Nation over the weekend, Ogunyemi, said the comment credited to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige that N163 billion was released to the Union was a distortion of facts.
He disclosed that the N163 billion mentioned by Ngige was released to the Universities by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, to meet specific needs in the universities and not the revitalization fund being demanded by the unions.
He said “The Minister of Labour referred to the release of N163bn which was not released by the Ministry of Education for revitalization. That fund he alluded to was from TETFUND.
“TETFUND was there when we carried out the NEEDS Assessment in 2012. What we called Revitalisation Fund today is a product of that exercise of 2012. We have always drawn a line of distinction between what TETFUND gives and what we should access from the NEEDS Assessment Fund. They are different terms of interventions that should not be equated to one.
“TETFUND as an intervention agency is ASUU brainchild which became a reality. The funds from the NEEDS Assessment is to fix specific items of deficiency in our system.
“Unfortunately, both federal and state governments have now relinquished their responsibilities to TETFUND. The Federal Government budget for education in term of capital project funding is worrisome.
“That is why we keep saying that the Ministry of Labour and Employment should stop saying N163bn has been released to ASUU. ASUU is not a spending agency of government. We don’t spend government money. When money is released, it goes to the universities and governing councils who are representatives of government in the schools. It is a distortion if we say N163bn was released to ASUU.”
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A concern group of Civil Society organisation wants the Speakership of the ninth Assembly to be Zoned to the North Central.
Speaking with journalist on the Development,the Executive Director, Policy Advocacy and Integrity Network Nigeria, Joe Mesele stated that the House that is prepared to ensure timely passage of budgets and maintain robust relationship with the executive,can only be realise by electing one of the popular candidate from the North Central. He urged the elected members of the house of representatives to look into the person of Wase, who is a better choice considering his years and experience in the house.
Mosele further stressed that the agitation for the North Central Zone to provide the speakership is born out of many reasons, one of which is for fairness ,as the zone has never produce the speakership.
The Executive director, Policy advocacy and integrity network said the APC should respect the zoning and wish of the people by Guiding the process and not deciding for the masses. He called on the house of representatives as well as the North Central caucus to throw their weight behind the member representing wase federal constituency Ahmed Idris.
The Group are optimististic that the house will not just support anybody but the person of Idris Ahmed from Wase Federal Constituency.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of EFCC has secured the conviction of Ogundele Adeseye, 24, who was re-arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on internet fraud.
He was convicted by Justice Babangana Ashigar of a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, on April 10, 2019 after he pleaded “guilty” to the charge, following a plea bargain agreement.
He was previously arraigned on a five-count charge, which was later amended to one count after plea bargain agreement was reached.
The charge reads: “That you, Ogundele Adeseye, sometime in July 2018 or thereabouts in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court by means of fraudulent trick that you are a white Caucasian and interested in having a relationship, obtained the cumulative sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) in form of iTunes gift cards from one Chase Gliglia, an American Citizen whom you met on seeking.com website (sugarbabysite) by chatting with her using the email [email protected] and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 421 of the Criminal code act.”
In his plea, Ogundele said: “My lord, I have learnt my lessons, I have realized that crime and criminality is not good, I am pleading with your lordship to temper justice with mercy.”
In sentencing him, the trial judge held there was a need to enforce judgement that will serve as a deterrent to would-be internet fraudsters. In accordance with plea bargain agreement, I hereby convict the defendant and sentence him to six months imprisonment,” he said.
Ogundele, however, busted into tears when he was being led to Mandala Prisons by the prison officials.