Don’t Kill Public Universities In Nigeria, ASUU Warns FG

Don’t Kill Public Universities In Nigeria, ASUU Warns FG

Don’t Kill Public Universities In Nigeria, ASUU Warns FG

The Benin zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday warned the Federal Gov­ernment not to kill public universi­ties in Nigeria by failing to honour agreements reached with the Union.


Prof. Fred Esumeh, the Zonal Coordinator of University of Benin (UNIBEN) branch, who made the call in a statement entitled: “ASUU To FG: Do Not Kill Public Universi­ties Honour Agreement,” asserted that Nigeria public universities are no longer attractive to foreign aca­demics/lecturers.


Esumeh accused the Federal Government of being insensitive to the challenges confronting univer­sity education, thereby, mortgaging the future of Nigeria.


According to the Benin zonal ASUU, “The looming strike action of our union is traceable to the failure to fully implement 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and at­tempts to get government to fully implement the agreement had led to several Memoranda of Under­standing (MOUs) and Memoranda of Action (MOAs), which remained unfulfilled.


“The most crucial aspect of the agreement being neglected by gov­ernment is the failure to conclude the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement re­negotiation;


“We called on the government to urgently sign the 2021 renegotiation document and commence its imple­mentation;


“The 2009 FGN-ASUU Agree­ment was due for renegotiation in 2012 but ASUU was patient with government and the process was only concluded 2020;


“It is worrisome to read a state­ment credited to the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono, that most agree­ments between ASUU and Federal Government were reached under duress”.


Berating the Permanent Secre­tary, the zonal ASUU described the statement as unguided, reckless and unpatriotic.