The Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole, on Sunday asked the Federal Government to address the shortfall of personnel cost and other obligations in Nigerian public universities.
Dr Omole in a press release made available to New Telegraph in Ibadan on Sunday noted that the present administration has adopted “maradona style” in meeting the agreements it signed with the union in 2009 and 2013 memorandum of understanding.
Noting that academic staff in Nigerian universities were enduring the worst of welfare and lacked attention, Omole urged President Muhammadu Buhari in the spirit of the Workers’ Day, see to their welfare, as according to him, ”while the student to lecturer ratio keeps increasing, and science laboratories are nothing to write home about, lecturers are still expected to teach students with poor facilities to produce globally competitive students”.
He lamented that most university lecturers now face hard times due to fractional payment of salaries and, unpaid earned academic allowances, lamenting that Nigeria may suffer another brain drain as conditions of service for Nigerian academics are nothing to write home about.
Omole said that if lecturers’ welfare and salaries were paid in full with adequate world class teaching facilities, they will be able to compete globally. He lamented that Nigeria had started losing her best academics to universities who offer better conditions of service and welfare.
To the ASUU boss, if the welfare of those in service are addressed, it will check corruption and primitive accumulation, noting that “the fear of unsecured future is partly responsible for growing corruption”.