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.