The President of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Dr Nasir Fagge Isa has lamented that the federal government policy for universities to generate funds internally has converted university professors to animal butchers and hawkers.
He said that ASUU’s struggles were predicated on the belief that the university system is deformed, its driving philosophy is mortally damaged and its established purpose is stillborn.
The ASUU president bared his mind while speaking at the 63rd University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Interdisciplinary discourse on the topic “ASUU struggles and the Revitilization of Public University Education in Nigeria”
Fagge lamented that there was a systematic if not a carefully designed agenda to paralyse public university education in order to make way for a market-based privatization of university education adding that Nigeria leadership lacks integrity in governance.
“IGR policy of government has meant a shift of focus to production of bread, pure water, fish sale and sale of meat. Universities are now competing with the same peasant traders they are supposed to serve, some, like the University of Ibadan, close their campuses to goods from outsider and run a close economy while the Department of Economics teach competition and free market. Professors are appointed as butchers, hawkers and supervisors of enterprises that are at the best a waste of time and energy. More important is that scarce manpower are diverted from the classrooms and laboratory in the pursuit of enterprises that are incongruent with University mission.”
In his welcome address the Dean Postgraduate School, UI, Professor Adeyinka Aderinto hinted that qualitative public education was not negotiable adding that ASUU's struggles have helped improved the infrastructural and manpower development in Nigerian Universities adding that the postgraduate programme of the institution attracts over 10,000 applicants yearly.
Professor Aderinto stated that there is a paradigm shift to online application, completion and submission of forms including referees of candidates.
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