The Dean of Students Affairs at Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Chikwendu Orji has reacted to the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying that the Nigerian Government isn’t seeing University education important.
Below is what the Dean said;
“Nigerian students in our public universities may likely loose one session if Universities doesn’t reopen for academics by this October or latest early November. The government in my own analysis is not seeing University education as important, it is the least in their agenda but they expect inventions, Scientific breakthroughs and vain glory for the little they are doing. The University teachers is been treated in the most horrible manner, everything wrong in our academic system is blamed on the teachers by the government, parents and students.
“The teachers through their union body ASUU has been fighting the battle which the parents and the students should fight, tuition fees, good learning and living environment for our students while relegating the welfare of theirs members in other to appear right before the public.
“The students on their own cares less, education is not their priority, they are not asking questions, why they don’t have good workshops and laboratories, why hostels are not in good conditions (they prefer living in lodges where they are the masters and in controle), why are we not in school and why is the government not making any effort to resolve the problem in our educational system. COVID 19 has been the reason for closing the schools so far but teachers in tertiary institutions has been on strike before the COVID pandemic and are still on strike with no resolution on sight.
“The parents seem comfortable with their wards loosing one academic session though it can be prevented with commitment on the part of the teachers and government. The parents are not interested in what is going on between the teachers and government, their only interest is that teachers should go back to work, happy or not happy.
“I still believe the government can give our children the best education one can get from any part of the world if the willpower is there. For the best interest of our nation if we still have one and our students the government should as a matter of urgency respect and honour all agreements wilfully entered with ASUU and pay attention to the complaints and short comings of IPPIS as regards to the peculiarities of the University system with the will to correct it.
“Also the welfare of the teachers should be prioritized to get the best out of them, a situation where a newly graduated student working in private sector, Oil industry, hospitals etc earns a salary higher than a Professor is insulting and humiliating to the teaching profession. The sooner the government amicably settle with ASUU the better for our students, our parents and our nation. Just thinking aloud.”