ASUU Decries Mass Resignations In Public Universities

On Tuesday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities expressed concern about severe understaffing in various departments and units across Nigeria’s public universities, attributing this shortage to the departure of lecturers seeking better opportunities elsewhere.

Prof. Ayo Akinwole, the Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan, highlighted the distressing state of Nigeria’s public universities, emphasizing the visible strain and dissatisfaction among lecturers due to inadequate compensation and challenging working conditions.

He said, “Except President Bola Tinubu arrests the situation by reviewing the conditions of service in terms and salaries, allowances, and infrastructure, many good hands will continue to resign and leave the country. Unfortunately, the same government that is not funding education has a National Assembly proposing to establish 32 more universities.”

The chairman highlighted that inadequate and late salary payments, outstanding allowances, deficient infrastructure, disregard for the academic community, and diminishing optimism constitute key reasons behind the recent exodus of lecturers. Akinwole proposed that the solution does not lie in creating additional universities but in enhancing the capabilities of current institutions to accommodate a larger student population.


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