EXCEPT the Federal Government honours the agreement it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), another strike is imminent in the nation’s ivory tower.
ASUU is accusing the governments of ‘foot-gagging’ on the implementation of 2009 agreement and exhausting the union’s patience. It urged Nigerians not to hold it responsible in the event of another strike.
According to ASUU, expect something positive from Federal Government on or before November 22, a strike might be the answer.
At the union’s Ibadan zonal briefing held at the Lagos State University ASUU secretariat yesterday, Zonal Coordinator, Prof Emmanuel Ajisegiri reiterated ASUU’s commitment to compel government to improve the facilities in the universities to raise education standard.
Prof Ajisegiri lamented that the Federal Government has pleaded for the November 22 date when in the real sense, the first phase of the agreement which should have take three years (between 2009-2012), has almost lapsed.
The statement reads: “As ASUU, we must continue to agitate for the proper thing to be done in our universities. If we don’t get to a point where we can begin to make impact on the economy, then we are going nowhere in this country. No nation can rise beyond its level of education.
“Today, I can tell you categorically that there is no single institution in this country that supports post-graduate studies, not even the National University Commission (NUC). Nigeria has the best brains all over the world, but we lack the tools to work. Go to our laboratories, they are mere carcasses. In some of our laboratories today, stoves are being used instead of the normal Bunsen Burner. Our universities are caricatures of what an ideal university should be. Now, many of our students who graduated with B.A today cannot even write application letter. That is how degenerated the system has fallen. We had been agitating for this over the years but unfortunately we have a deaf dumb and stubborn government.”