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Umahi threatens to dissolve state varsity chapter of ASUU through litigation

By Nnamdi Akpa, Abakaliki
02 December 2021   |   4:01 am
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, yesterday, gave the state university chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) seven days to resolve the crisis in the institution or he will approach the courts to dissolve the executive.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi

Presents 2022 budget estimate of N145b to Assembly
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, yesterday, gave the state university chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) seven days to resolve the crisis in the institution or he will approach the courts to dissolve the executive.

Umahi, gave the warning in Abakaliki while presenting the 2022 budget, noted that ASUU crisis in the Ebonyi State University must stop, adding that he would not allow the union to hold the institution and state government to ransom.

“After seven days and they are unable to resolve the problem, I will approach the court to get the powers to dissolve the union,” he said.

Umahi disclosed that the state government had profiled 200 youths and women from each council of the state to access the N3b #EndSARS empowerment programme from January next year.

“In 2022, we will pursue the stoppage of leakages and illegal revenue collections. We shall promote ease of doing business and automate our revenue collection processes to prevent multiple taxation,” he stated.

The governor, who said the state government would initiate better strategies to generate more revenues for the state, expressed hope that the ongoing expansion of the Abakaliki-Afikpo and Abakaliki-Enugu roads would reach over 80 per cent completion before the end of 2022.

Umahi noted that the state has complied with the autonomy of the state House of Assembly and Judiciary, saying: “Every council fund now goes directly to their accounts. They can now decide what they do with their money.”

ALSO, yesterday, Umahi presented Appropriation Bill of N145.4b to the state House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year adding that the estimates represented an increase of 46.65 per cent over last the 2021 revised budget of N99b.

Umahi said apart from facilities the state gets like other states, his administration would not owe any commercial loans when he leaves office in 2023.

He said that the major revenue to finance the budget is expected to come from the Federal Allocation while other revenue are expected to come from other revenue heads.
The governor explained that the increase in the budget tagged: Budget of Latter Rain, was due to the carryover of a large part of expected receipts in the 2021 fiscal year to 2022.

Among such carryovers, he noted, included Federal Government’s bridging finance of N18.225b, which he said, was given to each state of the country.

“We expect N4.315b from TETFund for our tertiary institutions, UBEB growth of over N1.2b, SFTAS of N16.727b and domestic loans of N7b,” he explained.

The governor revealed that the proposed capital expenditure of the budget amounted to N89.7b or 61.73 per cent, while recurrent expenditure would gulp N55.6b or 38 27 per cent of the budget.

Details of the estimates showed that the ministries of education, works and infrastructure development for concession got the largest chunk of the budget.

Education will receive N24.3b covering 16.78 per cent, infrastructure development will get N17.4b, amounting to 12.03 per cent, works and transport (N24.3b) or 16.74 per cent, while agriculture will receive N3.4b or 2.38 per cent of the budget.

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