Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Benin, UNIBEN chapter, on Monday, observed a work-free day as directed by its national body, and warned that the federal government of Nigeria, by its inability to keep to agreements reached with the union, is determined to cripple university education in Nigeria.
The union, in a press statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Ray Chikogu and Success Absomwan respectively, and made available to journalists in Benin City, Edo State after its special congress, said the union was compelled to state that the federal government of Nigeria and its agents, were determined to cripple academic activities in the nation’s universities.
The statement reads in part: “We are compelled to make a statement at this defining moment in the history of University education in Nigeria that it is becoming clear that the federal government wants to cripple university education in Nigeria.
“Since December 22, 2020 when it signed a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with our Union, stating in clear terms that it was finally prepared to fulfill its obligations to the Nigeria University System, and to university lecturers, all we have got has been a charade of lies, insincerity, dishonesty and half-truths till date from the agents and representatives of the Federal Government.
“It is unimaginable that in the face of the daily exponential increases in the cost of basic services and goods in Nigeria, university lecturers have been abandoned to grapple with the harsh realities of an abysmally poor salary structure that they have had to endure for thirteen agonizing years.”
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