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ASUU recommends Anambra funding model to varsity owners



ANAMBRA’s templates for tertiary education funding have been recommended for emulation of other university proprietors and administrators in Nigeria.

  The recommendation was made by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam Branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday.

  Giving the commendation during a press conference they held to dissociate the local branch from ongoing one-month nationwide strike, Chairman of ASUU-COOU, Prof. Osita Chiaghanam said it would be “ungodly, immoral and unpatriotic” for them to go on strike despite Gov. Willie Obiano’s commitment to better learning environment in the school through consistent strategic investment in research and human resource development.

  Describing Anambra’s university funding model as best in the country, Chiagahnam said the state government is adequately funding​ COOU through “multidimensional, proactive, budget-friendly windows” in prompt payment of staff salaries, physical and human infrastructural development and enabling environment for academic activities.

  “We don’t receive our payments through IPPIS. The revitalisation is a general matter. And they come in multi-dimensional models. Our state government always pays our salaries; arrears, pensions and promotions have been cleared. Our university is running smoothly. There is industrial harmony.

That is why we don’t have to join the strike. Go round the university community to confirm to yourself… You can see students being​ attended to. We are an internal pressure group with a job to ensure that the life is kicking. Our effort is to safeguard our union from being misused or misguided by a few individuals.

To correct what the main ASUU in our university are doing which are contrary to the expectations of the university that is desirous to see that things are done the right way as they should be. And also protect the welfare of the staff,” he said.

  According to Chiaghanam, this has provided students with opportunity of seamless, consistent sessions.

  It will be recalled that ASUU had on Monday, embarked on a one-month warning strike following the federal government’s failure to honour​ the agreements ASUU alleged it had​ with them in 2009.

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