We Are Loosing Our Member To Private Universities- Says ASUU
We Are Loosing Our Member To Private Universities- Says ASUU.The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, on Thursday, says the union is losing its members to private universities due to the inability of the Federal Government to meet its demands .
Ogunyemi , who spoke while featuring on a television programme in Abuja today monitored by The PUNCH , also said the government cannot threaten the university lecturers with court action.
He said , “ Talking about options , whether they want to go to court and intimidate the union to surrender . You don ’ t do that with scholars , no country has ever survived it because we have options too.
Speaking further , the ASUU president said the union would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to elongate the process of the integrity test being conducted on the software of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution proposed by the union.
“ We are also aware that some few months back, Ethiopia came to Nigeria , and harvested as many as 200 professors and they are still looking for more . I don ’ t know if the government wants their appointees to start teaching the students . Of course , many of them don ’ t have their children in public universities , that is why they cannot feel it . Our scholars are our national assets and we should not allow them to be decimated . ”
Ogunyemi also said contrary to a statement credited to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige , on Tuesday , the integrity test being conducted on UTAS would take one week if the government “ is conscientious about the process ” .