The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, (ASUSS) Delta state chapter, has refuted an online media report accusing it of misappropriating the sum of Two Hundred Million belonging to the Union.
The State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Kenneth Okoh, during a press conference in Asaba, described the report as false, malicious and a figment of the imagination of the author.
Comrade Okoh said the report also lacked credibility as the medium did not deem it necessary to hear from any officer of the Union before going to press, adding that the reporter compromised the ethics of the Journalism profession by drawing conclusion in an unbalanced and unverified report.
He explained that all the money collected by his executive since mid April 2018 when approval was given to the Union to collect dues from its 11,000 members in the state, was about N60m and wondered how the online medium came about the N200m alleged to have been misappropriated.
The State ASUSS Chairman, however, said the publication did not come to him as a surprise because every righteous act was bound to suffer criticism, pointing out that some individuals were not comfortable with the progress the Union had made in the state.
Comrade Okoh, who is also the National Assistant Secretary of the Union, said the executive under his watch secured recognition from the state government after sixteen years of operating without one, got approval to collect monthly dues from its members, secured minimum wage and regular promotions for secondary school teachers and acquired a plot of land measuring 100×100 for the Union’s secretariat.
He maintained that it was obvious that detractors were at work, but vowed that ASUSS in Delta state would not succumb to intimidation or blackmail, even as he stated that the Union had a formidable team committed to the cause of liberating it from an unholy marriage.