House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has begun investigation into the disbursement of N23 billion released by the Nigerian government to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Hon. Suleiman Aminu, Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, requested for a breakdown of the disbursement.

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In his presentation, Samson Ugwoke, Chairman, Joint Action Committee of the three non-academic unions of universities, confirmed the release of the N23 billion.

He said that the committee set up to oversee the disbursement of the fund, approved 89 per cent for ASUU and 11 per cent for the non-academic staff unions.

but Ugwoke explained that University of Ilorin and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, did not benefit, while University of Lagos got the least allocation.

He said that the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Education at a meeting held on Sept. 19, 2017 admitted that ASUU hijacked the process of distribution of the fund.

He added that they promised to mop-up money for the three non-academic staff unions, with an appeal to the unions to call off the industrial action.