The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Akure Zone warned Wednesday that its members should not be held liable if the campuses are shut down again due to the Federal Government's alleged stubborn attitude. As a result, the ASUU has asked students, traditional rulers, market women, and other educational stakeholders to warn the Federal Government of the dangers that refusing to listen poses to the system. "Of course, we won't be able to avoid it. We are not happy to go on strike unnecessarily, but it looks that it is the only way to get the government to act. Allow these stakeholders to join us in warning the administration that we are fed up with broken promises," he said.
During a news conference at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, the professors, led by their Zonal Co-ordinator, Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, insulted the Federal Government over the purported assertion that revitalisation funds meant for public universities had been retained at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). "ASUU will not be astonished to learn that another ‘snake swallowed the money' has occurred! This is all the more reason to encourage the government to release the funds, as "a stitch in time saves nine," according to Olu-Olu.
The ASUU Akure Zone, which represents professors at public universities in Ekiti, Ondo, and Osun, has warned that if the government continues to remain indifferent, "we will have no choice but to go on strike." "We can prevent this unnecessarily long strike. Our people are collapsing and dying; do we have to wait until we've all died? It's time to stop! If this government is unable to do so, they should step aside and let those who are capable of entering, "they stated.
The ASUU accused state governments of turning the development of universities into simple constituency projects when it came to the proliferation of institutions. "It is true that ASUU battled for public university finance and revitalization in Nigeria. This is in order to provide our Ivory Towers with sufficient resources (both material and human) to enable them to compete favorably with others throughout the world.
"Unfortunately, leaders in government, particularly state governments, have begun to abuse this by proliferating universities, effectively turning tertiary education into a constituency project," they stated. Many state governments, according to the lecturers, have not spent a dollar on capital improvements in their universities in the last ten years, and salary payments have been awful.
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