The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, urged Nigerians to stop politicians on destroying public universities and squandering the country’s wealth.
The Union also requested the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the poor condition of public universities to rescue the sector from outright collapse.
The Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole at a meeting conference, held at the Large Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Arts, lamented that the government has not shown that the zeal of the people is relevant as theirs.
Professor Akinwole asked, “the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has been asked to call ASUU to order, who else, apart from Nigerian people, does the union ask to call the government officials to order? They have made a mess of the long-standing tradition of the committee system.”
He said that it is never too late for the government to make it an urgent point of duty to solve the problem of university education and not to think that it will just pass away, stating that it will be getting worse if nothing is done as the problems do not get solved by propaganda, falsehood and deceit.
He said that there is the need to stop portraying students’ interests as different from those of their teachers and parents.
Prof. Ayoola Akinwole noticed that it is obvious by veritable evidence that the current political leaders and administration in Nigeria are paying lip service to public education, nay, the welfare of the common people and workers.
He added that Nigerians must not fold their arms and keep mute while a few elected leaders, fueled by mundane inordinate ambitions squander the commonwealth on frivolities.
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