The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said many universities in the country have failed to access the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) because the conditions set by government were too intricate to meet.
National President of the union Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge said this in Abuja while addressing newsmen.
“It was made mandatory to the universities’ managements that contracts must be awarded to the lowest bidders and in most cases such contractors have no capability to execute qualitative work; this is what many Vice Chancellors complained to us,” he said.
Dr. Fagge said because of this particular problem, most universities cannot defend the contracts they have awarded and so do not bother to access subsequent interventions.
He said: “for a university to access subsequent funds, the management most account for the previous funds it has collected.”
He lamented that some VCs preferred to leave the funds un-accessed for their successors because most of the contractors have not completed the projects awarded to them.
Fagge said that was the ASUU insisted that the federal government inaugurated a needs implementation committee to monitor how funds were being spent when the government agreed to release the N200bn to universities.