ASUU Against Inclusion of TETFUND

ASUU Against Inclusion of TETFUND

ASUU’s Concerns

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is not happy with the inclusion of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) budget in the overall education budget. ASUU believes that separating the two budgets would lead to better implementation of educational plans.

ASUU President’s Statement

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed his concerns during the TETFund Alliance for Innovative Research (TETFAIR) Showcase and Closing Event in Abuja. He pointed out that it was unusual for the government to combine the TETFund budget with the education budget.

The Impact of Combining the Budgets

According to Osodeke, including the TETFund budget in the national budget would have negative consequences. He declared, “Incorporating TETFund’s budget concludes it,” hinting at a potential compromise to the effectiveness of TETFund’s initiatives.

Encouraging Local Development

Osodeke also emphasized the importance of relying on local resources and expertise. He urged Nigerians to overcome their inferiority complex and support local goods and services. He believes that for a country to develop, it must utilize its own ideas and people, and universities play a crucial role in generating these ideas.

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ASUU’s Efforts

Osodeke highlighted ASUU’s efforts in developing a better alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Despite creating the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTA) within two months, Nigeria still chose to stick with IPPIS. This showcases the need for Nigeria to trust and utilize its own innovations.

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