The Academic Staff Union(ASUU) has claimed that it did not reject the N 50 million intervention fund raised by the Brekete family, a human rights focused reality TV and radio programme recently.
The ASUU president and his team had been invited to speak about the strike on the program where the host, Ahmad Isah revealed that he has set up a special intervention bank in TAJ Bank to raise fund for the union.
He also publicly showed the N50 million cash donated by Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom state.
The ASUU president reportedly rejected the offer after he sighted the money.
But in a phone conversation with the newsmen yesterday monday.
Osodeke revealed that the union did not reject the money but asked the Brekete family to formalize the fundraising project.
According to him, “We didn’t reject anything he has been doing. We say he can do what he wants to do in the Brekete Family name and then do his work. He can set up a foundation and do projects across the universities. No problem with that. But we are saying when we use our name to raise funds, you have to get our permission. Simple. If somebody uses your name to raise money will you allow that?
“They can use any name to set up a foundation, name it and then call us for a meeting, we discuss and everybody agrees no problem with that.
“But you can’t just go and use our name to advertise and raise money for the university. We are not doubting his sincerity but we are saying formally, we belong to a union, we have members and our members need to know.”