Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
THE Ibadan zone chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, says the demands of the union are not self-serving, but altruistic.
This is contained in a release by its zonal coordinator, Professor Oyebamiji Oyegoke and obtained by Stonix News.
The union said what it was pushing for was for the repositioning of universities for greater efficiency in national development and technological advancement.
He added that what the union sought was massive and sustained funding for our universities; a reversal of apparent decay in the university system, and enhanced and competitive remuneration for overworked academic staff in Nigerian universities.
He asked Nigerians to join ASUU to ask the Federal Government of Nigeria to toe the path of honour by respecting the agreement it freely entered with the union.
He added that unless Nigerians joined ASUU to struggle and deliver public-funded universities, children of the common man might find access to qualitative education difficult.
Oyegoke added that the Ibadan zone joined the leadership of the union to reject what it called disrespectful and demeaning award of money and jettisoning collective bargaining in arriving at what the federal government presented to the union.
Oyegoke said: “The main issue, involved in the current ASUU travails is about living up to responsibility or the abdication of it. If the government is not a continuum, ASUU as a body of intellectuals would not have been insisting on re-negotiating and implementing an agreement reached and signed with it in 2009 by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“An agreement reached with FGN whose re-negotiation ought to have commenced in 2012, did not take off until 2017 under Mr Wale Babalakin (SAN) who was challenged majorly by ASUU for recommending that students in Nigerian Universities should pay up to a million Naira per session as tuition fee.