FG has met ASUU’s demand on N200 billion funding - Okupe

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has provided evidence that the Federal Government has opened an account for public universities at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The opening of the account and disbursement of N200 billion to the universities within two weeks was one of the demands made by ASUU before they would call off the five months old strike.

ASUU president, Nasir Fagge, had stated in an interview with Channels TV that the opening of the account and the disbursement of the money to the Universities would make the lecturers call off the strike.

“Once that is done, and the committee that is supposed to disburse the funds starts working, our members will have no reason not to suspend the strike action,” he said.

Mr. Fagge had also addressed a press conference on Monday in which he stated that a central monitoring committee should be established to monitor the usage of the revitalisation fund and should submit quarterly reports to the Minister of Education.

Speaking to journalists in his office on Wednesday, Mr. Okupe showed reporters evidence of correspondences between the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, and the Central Bank.

The documents showed that on November 13, the AGF authorized the banking and payment system department of the Central Bank of Nigeria via a letter with reference number FD/OAGF/220/ADC/1/4DF to open a “revitalization of Universities Infrastructural Account” with the CBN.

Also, on November 29, the Central Bank confirmed in a letter reference BPSD/BSD/CON VOL 17/088 to the Accountant General of the Federation that the said account had been opened and an account number was given.

Mr. Okupe said prior to these, the Director of Funds in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, M.K. DIKWA, through a letter reference FD/LP2008/37/C/I/DF, and dated November 8, communicated with the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, Julius Okojie, requesting for the list of federal universities in Nigeria for the purpose of opening a Special Account for them.

Mr. Okupe said that on November 12, Mr. Okojie’s office, in a letter referenced NUC/ES/444/VOL15/280, responded to the request and gave the list of the universities with their various account numbers domiciled with the Central Bank.

“Following this, the Accountant General has communicated with the Executive Secretary requesting for the details of amount payable to each of the listed Universities which is currently being processed by the NUC,” Mr. Okupe said.