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VC Canvasses Gradual Implementation Of TSA Policy In Varsities

Prof. Hayford Mafuyai, the Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, on Monday canvassed the gradual implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy in universities.
“The TSA is a good policy that will rid the nation of corrupt tendencies, but establishments like the universities with peculiar programmes and circumstances should be given special consideration.
“With what we are currently experiencing, unless we slacken the policy to help the universities, most academic systems and calendars will be disrupted,” Mafuyai told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.
He said that the TSA policy caught the university “in the middle” of several programmes, making dearth of funds to disrupt the usually organised and stable system.
Mafuyai said that the institution was particularly embarrassed during its convocation ceremony last month as it could not pay for jobs done.
“Even the programme for the events was not available for use because we could not access funds.
“The whole situation was so confusing and we had to do without even the booklet that contained names of the graduands.
“Other universities that had not gone too far with their arrangements for the convocations quickly called them off; some have said that they may not hold any throughout the session,” he said.
He said that forms purchased for internal admissions had not even been collected by the institution because the school needed the paid monies to generate online numbers for such candidates.
The vice chancellor said the university had international students and experts on exchange programmes and fellowships while other international and local lecturers were on sabbatical in the school.
“But, everything may have to stop because we cannot pay.
“Sometimes, we cannot handle even basic needs required for running the university on daily basis.
“For seven weeks now, we have been without funds. The university is a peculiar establishment and should be assisted to function.
“Lecturers have been insisting on immediate payment of postgraduate supervision allowances, but we cannot pay because we cannot access the funds to do that,” he said.
He said that the school also had top lecturers and researchers from Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, and was finding it difficult to sustain such experts.
“If we cannot fund such specialists and researchers, there will be a problem because the university will lose its worth as a citadel of research and learning that must steadily be on its toes.”
Mafuyai urged the Federal Government to take steps to ameliorate the problems the universities were going through so as not to slow down academic programmes. (NAN)

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