Don’t de-register ASUU, NLC warns FG, writes Ngige
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ registration licence may be revoked by the Federal Government since its audited financial accounts have not been submitted for more than five years, according to reports from the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The NLC stated that ASUU has submitted its financial reports up to 2021 while rejecting accusations that it had not done so for more than five years as required by law to the Registrar of Trade Unions.
The NLC said that ASUU submitted its financial reports twice but that they were purposefully rejected in response to media rumours that the Federal Government could revoke ASUU’s registration due to the alleged breaches.
NLC Sends Strong Message to Buhari
Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC, issued a warning against attempts to deregister or revoke ASUU’s registration licence in a letter to the Registrar of Trade Unions that also copied the Minister of Labour and Employment.
“We understand that ASUU has responded to your query to submit its Annual Financial Report and Audited Accounts within 72 hours,” the NLC wrote in a letter dated September 2022. ASUU provided a response to the inquiry in a letter dated September 9, 2022.
The union said in the letter that it had turned in the annual financial reports and audited accounts for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. ASUU further asserted that as of September 9, 2022, the union has already rendered the accounts for the years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
“We understand that the union was unable to file these reports as soon as the financial documents were ready and accessible for submission because to delays brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.
We further recognize that the union had already paid the statutory mandatory filing costs despite the COVID-19 disruptions.
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