By Adesina Wahab
The newly-elected National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has stated the struggles of the union for higher funding of the sector and remedy of his members will proceed throughout his tenure.
Osodeke, who spoke in a phone chat with our correspondent on Sunday after his election as the brand new chief of the union, stated pressing steps should be taken to redeem the schooling sector within the nation.
The Professor of Soil Science on the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, was the quick National Vice President of the union.
“We do issues collectively in ASUU, so, it isn’t a one-man present, however Nigerians could be relaxation assured that we are going to not cease our agitation for a greater funding of the sector and a greater and extra humane remedy of our members.
“The sector is in dangerous form. It is just not attracting international college students and international lecturers like we used to have in these days. Now, Nigerians are sending their kids to colleges in Ghana and Republic of Benin. Why ought to that be?
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“In the Nineteen Seventies to the Nineteen Eighties, we had a variety of international college students and lecturers on our campuses, however now the reverse is the case. If we actually wish to match up with different nations who’re making progress, we should give precedence consideration to schooling. No nation can develop greater than its degree of schooling.
“The struggles are persevering with and we aren’t going to relent till our expectations are met. It is all for the event and greatness of our expensive nation, “he stated.
Osodeke took over from Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi who led ASUU throughout a interval it engaged the federal government in an extended battle for a greater funding of the sector, welfare calls for and the decision for the abrogation of the contentious Integrated Payroll Personnel and Information System, IPPIS.
ASUU went on strike for 9 months final 12 months over the calls for. IPPIS notably has been a serious supply of faceoff between the federal government and college staff due to its alleged inconsistency and incapacity to satisfy some particular wants of the college system.
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