The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has cried out over members’ inability to meet their basic needs as a result of Federal Government’s refusal to implement a Memorandum of Understanding they jointly agreed to.
Naija News reports that the academic union questioned why the government have to wait till they all die before realizing their troubles.
ASUU Coordinator, Akure Zone, Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a press conference on Wednesday, said the government shouldn’t expect them to be happy doing their job when they cannot pay their utility bills.
According to him, paying hospital bills or school fees of their children has become difficult meanwhile children of the politicians are schooling outside the country.
Olu-Olu noted that the looming industrial action by lecturers in the country’s public universities was due to the Federal Government’s lack of interest in human capital development.
He stated further that although the body had taken necessary steps to prevent industrial action over the “dishonesty and wicked attitude of the Federal Government towards university education in the country”, it seemed the government had preference for strike, which he said was the only language government understood.
Olu-Olu lamented that the Federal Government had reneged on implementation of the Memorandum of Action it had with ASUU despite December 2020 timeline for implementation of all outstanding issues.
Naija News understands that the Wednesday conference was addressed jointly with the ASUU chairmen of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof Olayinka Awopetu; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr Adeola Egbedokun; Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Dr Gabriel Omonijo; and Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Dr Kayode Arogundade.