By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
The Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has cried out over the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), saying the policy is killing growth of universities in the country.
According to the union, the Federal Government’s action compelling Nigeria’s universities to key into the TSA negates the principle of autonomy as contained in the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.
Coordinator of the union for the zone, Dr. Anthony I. Monye-Emina who disclosed this at a media briefing on Wednesday said academics on study leave with pay could no longer get their salaries easily.
Money-Emina said many academics were being humiliated because universities cannot also pay their fees as at when due.
The ASUU Coordinator said, “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.
“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.