*vows to liberate its members with new decent salary, working conditions
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), Professor Ayo Akinwole on Sunday said that the Federal Government cannot be trusted any longer. .
Professor Akinwole made this known in a statement in Ibadan in reaction to the allegation of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu that he was looking for ASUU to resolve the issues before he heard that the union had declared strike
According to the ASUU Chairman, it is sad that Federal government ” lacks integrity” when it comes into honouring and implementing agreement it entered into with a body as it is now been witnessed in the case of ASUU.
The ASUU Chairman maintained that rather than implementing agreement with the ASUU, the Federal government takes joy in ” only listening and implementing destructive policy recommendations of the International Monetary fund (IMF) and World Bank against the larger interest of Nigerians.
” Federal government lacks integrity. It is sad. The government cannot be trusted longer. We have been on the same salary for 13 years and it is even shameful to show anyone your pay slip. When compared to the work we do, we have sacrificed for Nigeria to the detriment of our wellbeing and this is already dampening morale of our people.”, he said.
The ASUU Chairman added, ” Federal government should sign the renegotiated agreement, implement it, roll out UTAS, pay unpaid earned academic allowances, commit more funds into the revitalization of universities.”
Professor Akinwole maintained ASUU is now determined to liberate lecturers in Nigeria by getting better conditions of service including salaries and allowances as well as get the preferred conductive working and learning environments for students.
He stressed that it was unfortunate that the Federal government with its poor policies formulated and implemented in the education sector has been making government to treat lecturers like slaves, saying, Federal government and those put in charge of education ministry have displayed total incompetence and nonchalant attitudes to what matters to Nigerians.
The ASUU Chairman stressed that it was total falsehood for anyone in Nigeria to claim not to have heard or read series of ASUU warnings on the pages of newspapers at least one month before the Union resolved to proceed on one-month warning strike.
Professor Akinwole lamented that due to stress arising from failure of federal government to recruit more staff, ASUU has lost many of her members to death while others have simply moved out of the country in search of greener pastures.
He then urged parents across the country to “impress it on government to sign the new welfare package for our members. If we fail to fight for our rights, the slave merchants in Government will continue to trade with our future and future of the children of the masses”