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ASUU Chairman flays sharing formula of N200 billion Nigerian universities’ fund

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Niger Delta University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has kicked against the sharing formula adopted for the N200 billion government funds to public universities.

The fund was one of the agreements ASUU had with the federal government after a five-month strike.

The chapter’s chairman, Beke Sese, said on Thursday that the sharing formula was skewed in favour of the federal universities. He said giving 80 per cent to federal universities and 20 per cent to state universities was not equitable and unacceptable.

He argued that federal universities had advantage over their state counterparts in terms of infrastructural development and that it was proper for state universities to benefit more from the fund. According to him, disbursing more funds to state universities would bring them to the same level as 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 pointed out that all the public universities contributed an equal measure of support and solidarity to the strike that brought about the money; hence, there was no justification for the federal universities to benefit more.

He said the sharing formula was a deliberate attempt by certain individuals in the country to divide ASUU along federal and state universities; a situation, he pointed out, that would not augur well for the union.

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