BY Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR – ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has blamed the decay in the university education system in the country on Federal Government’s alleged insensitivity, saying that it was responsible for the non- inclusion of any of the country’s universities among the best 400 universities in the world.
President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Isa, made the assertion after the National Executive Council meeting of the union at Cross River University of Technology, Calabar.
Isa said that lack of academic freedom was one of the factors responsible for the country’s poor academic rating as it concerned universities.
He said that the major reason for the situation was inadequate funding, as the country’s universities, over the years, had suffered poor funding, adding that budgetary allocations to education sector in the country was poor compared to countries such as Ghana and South Africa, that give priority to the sector with good funding.
Besides, he said that conditions of service and remuneration for staff of universities was a contributing factor to the low standard of education, which, he noted, had led to brain drain as Nigerian lecturers moved out in droves to other countries for better conditions of service.
On the crisis at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, the union berated Governor Rotimi Amaechi over alleged imposition of a Vice Chancellor on the university, saying that it violated the union’s agreement with government on appointments.