This Day (Lagos)

28 December 2012

Nigeria: ASUU Accuses Fayemi of Underfunding EKSU

Ado-Ekiti — Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ekiti State University (EKSU) chapter have accused the state government of underfunding the institution, which they said, may lead to an imminent collapse of the university.

Besides, the union also warned that it will resist any attempt by government to impose any outrageous tax on the academic staff of the institution.

The union declared as illegal, the state government's intention to deduct the personal income tax payable by ASUU members from the institution's monthly subvention.

Addressing a press conference in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, ASUU's Chairman, Dr. Ayan Adeleke, alleged that Governor Kayode Fayemi had not awarded contract for any project in the university since inception to justify his plans in transforming the university into a world class University.

But, the state Commissioner for Information, Hon Funminiyi Afuye, who dispelled the insinuation, that the state government was stifling the university with funds, claimed that the present government had built more structures and that the university is now better than before in terms of standard and conducive environment.

Afuye hinted that the issue of tax is a matter of law that cannot be abused by any government or circumvented by the payers.

According to him, the state government was still releasing the old monthly subvention of N210 million to a university with a monthly wage bill of N400 million.

Adeleke lamented that despite the fact that the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi had collapsed the former existing universities, including the University of Education, Ikere-Ekiti (TUNEDIK), University of Science and Technology, Ifaki-Ekiti (USTI) and the University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD), nothing good had happened to the institution.

"On the day of inauguration, Governor Kayode Fayemi review the school fees of all students , irrespective of their courses to N50,000, a statement that should have been backed with additional funding of the University. This failure has plunged the University into a state of financial crisis.

"At the instance of the hurriedly -put-together 2011 Education Summit, the song in town was that Ekiti is too poor to fund three universities and he was advised to merge UNAD, USTI and TUNEDIK into one.

"So with what the Governor is doing now, we make bold to say publicly that Fayemi has done nothing for the University. Pathetically, from the visible climate, it seems that what the Governor is saying is that Ekiti is too poor to maintain a University," he stated.

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