The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), yesterday warned against reported moves by the Federal Government to withdraw the registration license of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), over non-submission of its audited financial returns for over five years.
While dismissing the claims that ASUU had not submitted its audited financial returns to the Registrar of Trade Unions for over five years as required by the law, the NLC insisted that the Union has submitted all its financial reports up till 2021.
Reacting to a media report that the Federal Government may withdraw ASUU’s registration because of the alleged infractions, NLC however alleged that ASUU submitted its financial reports twice, but were deliberately rejected.
In the letter to the Registrar of Trade Unions, and copied to the Minister of Labour and Employment, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, warned against moves to de-register or withdraw ASUU’s registration license.
According to the NLC, in the letter dated September 2022, it said among others, “We understand that ASUU has responded to your query to submit its Annual Financial Report and Audited Accounts within 72 hours. ASUU responded to the query through their letter dated September 9, 2022. In the letter, the union posited that it had submitted the Annual Financial Returns and Audited Accounts for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. ASUU also averred that the union has now rendered the account for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 as of 9 September 2022.
According to reports, the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, had earlier written to the Registrar of Trade Unions, intimating him of the development.
In a letter dated September 9, 2022, titled: ‘Re: Non-rendition to Annual Financial Returns and Audited Accounts’, Professor Osodeke, stated among others, “I wish to draw your attention to the fact that, on receipt of the letter under reference, the Union submitted the Annual Financial Returns and Audited Accounts for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 to your office. Therefore, the union did not fail, neglect, or refuse to render its Annual Financial Returns and Audited Accounts as prescribed by the Law.
“Meanwhile, the Union has now rendered the account for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 within the seventy-two (72) hours given by your office, as of today 9 September, 2022”.