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ASUU applauds FG for providing stipends to education students.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) applauded the Federal Government's approval of stipends for public tertiary education students.

According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), the Federal Government said on Tuesday that students seeking a degree in education and a Nigeria Certificate in Education will get stipends of N75, 000 and N50, 000 every semester, respectively.

According to the government's declaration, "undergraduate B.Ed, B.A. Ed, and BSc. Ed students in public institutions would get stipends of N75,000 every semester, while NCE students will receive stipends of N50,000 per semester."

In an interview with NAN on Friday in Owerri, the ASUU Chairman, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Chapter, Dr Christopher Echereobia, expressed his gratitude.

The move, according to Echereobia, a senior lecturer with the Department of Crop Science and Technology, is a step in the right direction, considering that education is the foundation of greatness in all sectors of human endeavor.

He said that successful countries had gotten their education systems right, and that the approved monies, if correctly channeled, would help impoverished pupils and encourage aspiring students to pursue a career in education.

Echereobia, on the other hand, urged the government to take immediate action to guarantee that the funds were distributed to the intended recipients.

"Paying stipends to educational students is a positive move and a start in the correct path. This would encourage more students to pursue a career in education, laying the groundwork for a more prosperous Nigeria.

"I encourage the Federal Government to put in place the required apparatus to guarantee that money allocated for this purpose do not end up in the wrong hands," he added.

Echereobia highlighted irregularities in the payment of salary and other emoluments when speaking about the wellbeing of academics.

He attributed the inconsistencies to FG's preference for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) over ASUU's University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS).

The discussion about whether payment system was better for universities had prolonged, resulting in non-payment of emoluments to some instructors, he added, a scenario that could push lecturers to go on strike.

He stated that ASUU had formed a committee to probe the circumstances surrounding the promotion of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, to the status of Professor of Cyber Security at FUTO.

Echereobia stated that ASUU would be guided by the committee's submissions, stating that the probe was a necessary step in light of the reactions to the promotion.

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