ASUU Union says TSA is ruining Nigeria’s educational institutions

The Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU), has, once again urged the Federal
Government to reconsider the inclusion of
universities in the Treasury Single Account (TSA)
.
ASUU warned that the accounting system has
crippled the nation’s educational institutions,
adding that it made the request for the second
time » because it would not wish to be pushed to
the wall before reacting.
ASUU Lagos Zone coordinator, Dr. Adesola Nasir,
besides hampering the effective functioning of
universities, TSA was capable of eroding their
autonomy.
He said: “ We, however, observed that the
procedure would introduce heavy encumbrance
into the functioning of the universities and may
indeed become a burden on the system due to its
peculiarities. We are categorical that the policy
would rob the university of the opportunity of
short, medium and long-term planning in effort to
deliver on the objective. ”
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TheNation reports that the union leader also said
TSA has led to a scenario where Federal
Government, through the Ministry of Finance,
releases less of what is required for the payment
of teachers and workers as well as for
infrastructural development and other needs.
He added that local funds were trapped and
those from international donor agencies were
also made unavailable by bottleneck created by
TSA.
For instance, he said at the University of
Agriculture, Abeokuta, fund administered by the
institution through an international donor for
certain programmes for five African countries, “is
also trapped owing to TSA”.
The ASUU Zonal Coordinator added: “ There are
similar developments at the University of Lagos. At
this rate, Nigerian universities and researchers may
be blacklisted. This development would also
frustrate access to international grants .”
The union leader urged the public to prevail on
the Federal Government to rescind the decision
on universities joining the TSA.

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