17 Nov 2016

ASUU Reveals How TSA is Stifling Running of Universities

Chairman of the University of Calabar chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr Tony Eyang has disclosed that the application of the Treasury Single Account, TSA, to universities in the country was stifling the running of the institutions, stressing that the platform was not designed with the running of universities in mind.

Addressing reporters at UNICAL on Thursday as they joined the nationwide one-week warning strike by lecturers, he said, “By the peculiar nature of universities it is difficult for them to operate without hitches based on the TSA. The TSA has made it very difficult for funds to be assessed.

“It has made it very difficult for academic programmes to be conducted. So that is the problem. As a union we are not opposed to the introduction and operation of the TSA, but its application to the university system is stifling the smooth running of the universities. That is where our problem is.”

Eyang said the country is confronted by a looming collapse of one of the foundational pillars of a nation’s development – the educational system – which has remained largely neglected and malnourished.

The Federal Government, had while pleading with ASUU to rescind its decision to embark on the one-week warning strike from November 16, described the proposed strike by university lecturers under the aegis of ASUU as unconstitutional.

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