Makurdiâ€”ASUU President, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie,Â on Friday urged the Federal Government to reinstate the 49Â sacked lecturers ofÂ the University ofÂ Ilorin as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Awuzie made the call in his address of welcome at the 16th National Delegates Conference of the union at the Benue State University, Makurdi.
He lamented that several months after the Supreme Court verdict in favour ofÂ the lecturers who were sacked in 2001, the university had not complied.
â€œ I want to seize this opportunityÂ on behalf of the union, to salute the courage, perseverance, doggedness and sacrifice of our members at Ilorin.
â€œ Permit me to also use this medium to call on the Federal Government to honour its pledge on the Unilorin matter,â€ he said.
The ASUU President also lamented the falling standards in the educational system as reflected in the poor performance of candidates in the last SSCE and NECO examination.
â€œ These reports confirmed what we have been saying since 1978Â that our educational sector is under threat from gross underfunding and attendant decay in infrastructure and poor staffing.
â€œ It is by now clear that calls and warnings of several patriotic Nigerians, including our union, about how education has been relegated to the background in the country have been vindicated,â€ he added.
The ASUU president also reiteratedÂ the unionâ€™s continued opposition to deregulation of the petroleum sector.
He urged the Federal Government to adopt â€œequitable and just policies for the redistribution ofÂ wealthâ€ as part of strategies to end the Jos and Niger Delta crises.
The delegates conference is being attended by officials of all affiliate universities in Nigeria.
The President of the Association ofÂ University Teachers ofÂ Ghana was also in attendance as a special invitee.
A renowned author, Dr Arthur Nwankwo, who was guest lecturer, presented a paper entitled: â€œ
Politics, Democracy and Development in Nigeria.â€™â€™