By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has expressed disappointment over the failure of the federal government to release the promised N1.3 trillion NEEDS intervention fund.
The union, through its national Chairman, Dr. Nasir Fagge and University of Ibadan chapter Chairman, Professor Segun Ajiboye, said apart from the N200 billion that was released in 2013, the government had reneged on its promise by not releasing any money in 2014 up till now.
In addition, the academic union noted that the leadership in the country as presently constituted lacked integrity.
Fagge, who was at the University of Ibadan 63 Interdisciplinary Discourse also lamented that the reasons for going on series of strikes for 21 years were hinged on governments not honouring their the agreements they freely signed with the university lecturers.
According to the ASUU president, while the federal government continues to cripple the operation of public universities through stiffening under funding, the effects of such deliberate action of government are the “Contemporary assessment of products of the system characterized them as unemployable and lacking in basic social, emotional and literacy skills. The educational curricula, programmes and pedagogy today are as irrelevant and unrealistic as they were in colonial times.”
Speaking on the topic “ASUU struggles and the Revitilisation of Public University Education in Nigeria”, Fagge, who was represented by his Vice president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the condition fuelling ASUU strikes included poor funding, inadequate remuneration, inadequate capacity, brain drain, poor infrastructure, violation of university autonomy and academic freedom, failure of government to implement recommendations of its own review panels, violations of agreements freely entered into by governments, inconsistent policies and poor planning, corruption and poor management of funds by university administrators.”