The leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have faulted the sharing formula for the Federal Government’s N200 billion intervention fund for public universities.
The Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) were said to have agreed that the fund be shared 80% to federal universities and 20% to state universities.
However, months after ending the strike, tensions started to grow. The 80:20 sharing ratio has pitted the state chapters of ASUU against their federal counterparts.
Inquiries in some state universities showed that the chapters of ASUU were angry with the ministry and NCC and were prepared to resist the formula.
The ASUU Chairman of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Prof. Esumen, said the sharing formula was the handiwork of the NUC and the Ministry of Education.
The union leader alleged that it was a ploy to divide the union, adding that such a sharing formula was alien to the agreement with the government.
“Nobody can hide that sharing formula any more. It is true and it was those implementing the agreement that came up with it, particularly those from the Federal Ministry of Education and the NUC. They are the architects of this,”Prof Esumen said.
It would be added thatthe Chairman of ASUU at the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University(NDU), Dr Bekee Sese, said last week that the 80:20 sharing formula in favour of federal universities was unfair and, therefore, unacceptable.
ASUU went on 5.5-month-long nationwide strike in 2013, protesting Federal Government’s inability to implement agreements it reached with the union years back.
Among the agreements was the government’s yearly provision of funds to upgrade infrastructure in public universities beginning with the release of N200 billion