Many Nigerian leaders are misfits

Date: 26-10-2010 11:38 am (13 years ago) | Author: Aliuniyi lawal
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday, said that many of the leaders in the country were not fit for the high offices they occupied.

Addressing journalists in Ibadan, Professor Akin Ajisegiri, coordinator of the Ibadan Zone of ASUU, said there would not be any meaningful development in the country until the “misfits in government” were done away with.

Ajisegiri, who briefed the press on the outcome of the meeting between ASUU executive and  governors of South-East states, where state universities had been on strike for over four months, said the strike had continued for the period because of the attitude of the governors.

Ajisgiri, who was represented by Dr. Ademola Aremu, chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, said the governors had declined to pay the staff the agreed wage on the excuse that ASUU reached that agreement with the Federal Government.

He, thereafter, called on the governors to shut down the universities if they were unwilling to properly fund them instead of wasting the time of the students, their parents and the staff.

He also asked the National Universities Commission (NUC) to deny any of the universities that fell short of the expected standards accreditation.

He said that apart from the defaulting five South-East states, three states in the South-West, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states, had not shown enough political will to implement the FG/ASUU agreement leading to disruption of academic calendars.

In a related development, the Benin zone of ASUU, has called for the resignation of the governors of the South-East states of Nigeria over what it described as the governors’ inability to manage the education crisis that has left universities comatose in the region.

Besides, the zone flayed the action of the South-East governors towards the resolution of the lingering crisis in their universities, “particularly their truncation of the October 17 meeting and the attempt to turn the state universities in the South-East into ethnic enclaves.”

The ASUU-Benin zone’s position was made known in a statement read by the zonal coordinator and chairman of ASUU-AAU, Ekpoma, Dr. Sunday Ighalo, during a press conference on Monday at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The statement was jointly signed by Dr. Ighalo; the chairman, ASUU-UNIBEN, Dr. Kashetu Ilavbarhe; chairman, ASUU, Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Dr. Inetiminebi Ogidi; chairman, ASUU, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Dr. Emma Mordi; and chairman, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Dr. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh.

The ASUU-Benin zone viewed “The protracted crisis plaguing the universities in the South-East of Nigeria as manifestations of the failure of governance, education and a direct admittance that the governors cannot manage the affairs of their respective states.”

Posted: at 26-10-2010 11:38 AM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac