The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma Chapter on Wednesday faulted Edo state government’s Claims on the constitution of the council and poor funding of the University in which the Union gave the government a 21day ultimatum to act or face industrial action.
Edo State Commissioner for Education, Emmanuel Agbale, while responding to the 21-day ultimatum by the Union stated thus: “That government has already constituted the Council and had communicated a letter to them (ASUU) to that effect.
“That Government is already discussing the issue of funding with the Union and;
That Government send over N300 million every month to the University”.
AAU ASUU in a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Monday Igbafen on Wednesday stated that having read these claims credited to the Edo State Commissioner for Education, felt compelled to put the facts straight and in correct perspectives in order not to allow the general public to be misled on the actual state of affairs in AAU, Ekpoma.
According to Igbafen, the Union wishes to state unequivocally that the above four claims credited to the Commissioner for Education, Edo State, does not represent the truth and, therefore, should not be taken as the true situation of things in the unfolding struggle to reposition AAU, Ekpoma.
“It is a matter of reason that a Governing Council can only be said to have been constituted if and only if its composition/membership is publicly announced and inaugurated by the Visitor to the University.
“This has not been done as at the declaration of trade dispute by the Union.
“It is far from the truth to say that a letter has been transmitted to our Union on the constitution of Governing Council for the University, given that as at the time of issuing this press state, there is no letter in our (Union) custody to the effect.
“The Edo State Government has not as at today invited the Union for any discussion whatsoever over the poor funding of AAU, Ekpoma.
“It therefore amounts to standing the fact on its head if the information is put before public domain that the Union is already being engaged over the funding of the University.
“It is also not a reality that well over N300 million is sent every month to the University as government monthly subvention.
“The Union stands by its earlier claim which put the State’s monthly subvention to the University at N234,500 (two hundred and thirty four million, five hundred thousand naira only) out of which more than N42 million is deducted at source on monthly basis by the Government as Tax.
“By this press statement, the Union urges the general public to be well-guided by this release, as we struggle to protect the continued survival of the University”.