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Unilorin: ASUU wants FG to comply with Supreme Court order

Makurdi—ASUU President, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie,  on Friday urged the Federal Government to reinstate the 49  sacked lecturers of  the University of  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 of  the lecturers who were sacked in 2001, the university had not complied.

“ I want to seize this opportunity  on behalf of the union, to salute the courage, perseverance, doggedness and sacrifice of our members at Ilorin.

“ Permit me to also use this medium to call on the Federal Government to honour its pledge on the Unilorin matter,” 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.

“ These reports confirmed what we have been saying since 1978  that our educational sector is under threat from gross underfunding and attendant decay in infrastructure and poor staffing.

“ 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,” he added.

The ASUU president also reiterated  the union’s continued opposition to deregulation of the petroleum sector.
He urged the Federal Government to adopt “equitable and just policies for the redistribution of  wealth” 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 of  University Teachers of  Ghana was also in attendance as a special invitee.

A renowned author, Dr Arthur Nwankwo, who was guest lecturer, presented a paper entitled: “
Politics, Democracy and Development in Nigeria.’’


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