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ASUU STRIKE: We are loosing our lecturers to other trades already – ASUU President

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Nigeria lecturers are already deserting the universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike continues because it is looking like the Federal Government is not interested in the well-being of the Nigerian Students and the universities in the country.

This is the standpoint of the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, while speaking to Punch on Sunday.

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“So many lecturers are leaving to engage in farming and others; lecturers are tired of the treatment they’re receiving from the government and because of this, they are looking for alternatives. So many more will leave even after the strike too.

‘’I pity the country; Nigeria will be the loser for it. Instead of coming to the table; look at how they will solve the issue, rather, they believe in punishing lecturers. It’s so sad. Your lecturers went on strike, you believe they will become hungry and come back to beg. Many lecturers will also leave to venture into other areas; some are also looking at becoming self-employed,” Osodeke said.

In a similar development, Dr Dele Ashiru, the ASUU Chairman of the University of Lagos branch, also made known that over 70 per cent of the academic intellectuals had left the country, blaming the government for being unsympathetic to the lecturers.

“The impact of the government’s insensitivity and deployment of the weapon of hunger might not be immediately known until after the strike. As I speak with you, more than 70 per cent of bright and promising young academics retained by the university through mentorship have all left the country for greener pastures due to the poor conditions of service in Nigeria.

‘’Those that are left are on the verge of leaving. No government in the history of Nigeria has been so insensitive, brash and disrespectful of the best brains in the country. This is unfortunate and a shame,’’ he expressed.

It is worthy of note that the six-month-old strike by the ASUU commenced on February 14 due to the government’s inability to meet the union’s demands.

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