The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday berated the federal government for compelling the nation’s universities to key into the Treasury Single Account (TSA); declaring that “the policy negates the principle of autonomy as contained in the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement”.
Coordinator of the association, (Benin zone), Anthony I. Monye-Emina disclosed this at a media briefing tagged: “An Ominous Wind Blowing in Nigeria’s Ivory Towers”.
He said: “with this TSA, promotions have become national and seemingly subject to approval of TSA regulators in Abuja.”
According to Monye-Emina , the same applies to sabbaticals and adjunct teaching. Worst of all is that academics on study leave with pay and outside the country cannot get their salaries easily while many of them are being humiliated because universities cannot also pay their fees as at when due.
The ASUU coordinator also decried what he described as renewed onslaught on the universities with the shortfall in subvention for salary and other overheads.
He stated that: “the result is that most federal universities have been paying fractions of monthly salary since the beginning of the year. Payments for essential services, including municipal are problematic and in arrears.
“Public universities in states are not faring better with the antics of their owner governments. Underfunding remains chronic. Salaries are in arrears, states’ funded capital projects are non-existent as the universities have been abandoned to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
“Having appraised the problems, it’s clear that governments, federal and states do not mean well for the Nigerian education system generally and the universities in particular.
“We therefore want to let you all know that the patience of the union and its membership has been stretched to an unimaginable limit with an obvious threat to industrial harmony in the university system.