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Senate panel, ASUU resume talks tomorrow


 Senator Jibrin Barau,

Senator Jibrin Barau

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Jibrin Barau, who is the head of the Intervention Sub-committee, noted that the Senate had made tremendous progress in its intervention.

Barau said: “We had about six issues and all of them were very well discussed. We deliberated and agreed on all of them except one, and that one has to do with the earned allowances.

“Now, they (ASUU) are asking for about N62 billion. Initially, N30 billion was given to the universities in 2013 and the agreement as signed between the Federal Government and the ASUU clearly specifies that upon the receipt of any payment, before any new payment is made, the last payment has to be accounted for.

“The Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) wrote in one of its letters to the Ministry of Education that it is not satisfied with the level of accountability on the N30 billion.

“So, a letter was sent to the Ministry of Finance since March that the forensic audit to account for that money has not been done. They said no other further disbursement could be made except the money that was given is accounted for as clearly spelt out in the agreement.

“We are waiting for ASUU to get back to us but definitely the meeting may take place on Thursday so that we can thrash out the only one remaining issue, since we don’t have the luxury of time on our side,” he said.

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