The owerri zone of Academic staff union of universities (ASUU) said yesterday that developments; in kogi state university and lagos state university, LASU, were assuming dangerous dimension; urging the visitors to the two institutions to take necessary actions before it was too late.
the owerri zone of ASUU, comprising CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY,ULI, Federal university of technology owerri, MIcheal OKpara university of agriculture , Umudike and Nnamdi AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA, at a press conference in AWKA alleged that the management and visitors to the two institutions were turning blind eye to the NIgerian University Education And Ridiculing certificates from the country in the global community.
Coordinator of ASUU in the zone, Professor IKE ODUMEGWU, who read the zone position on the matter, referred to theissues relating to alleged humiliation, unwarranted termination of appiontments, the use of students to threaten the life of ASUU members and destruction of their property in kogi state university, as well as alleged sack of some ASUU members in LASU and persistent use of security agencies to arrest and intimidate them.
Going down memory lane, ODUMEGWU said ; the crisis in kogi state university has been a recurring incident due to inadequate funding and erosion of university autonomy and academic standards by the state government.
IN july 2017, the visitor to the kogi state university ANYIBA, GOVERNOR YAHABA BELLO announced the prospcription of all the ASUU activities in the university. This was followed; with the sacking of over 150 academic staff of the university who were on a lawful struggle to press for the payment of the backlog of their salary running into several months.
These lawless actions are clear manifestations of arrogance and very high level of ignorance on the side of governor bello vis-a-vis the limits of his power as the state governor and failure of appreciation of the essence of a university.
This arrogant display of power and abuse of office by the governor speaks volume about the extent to which some political office holders could go to crush perceived opposition office in their bid to emasculate and enslave Nigerians so as to fulfill their ambition towards destroying the public education system.