The Zonal Coordinator, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Akure Zone, Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, said on Wednesday 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.
Olu-Olu wondered how the Federal Government expected university teachers “to be happy on the job when we cannot pay our utility bills, hospital bills or school fees of our children while their wards are schooling outside the country. Must you wait for all of us to die before you know there is fire on the mountain?”
He said 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.
The ASUU coordinator, who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a press conference addressed by the zonal leadership, 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.
The 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.