The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised the alarm over the high number of its members leaving for greener pastures abroad.
ASUU attributed the development to the Federal Government’s poor treatment of its members which it said had forced many to venture into other sources of livelihood, especially outside the country.
Speaking to The PUNCH, on Sunday, the National President, ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, while reacting to the refusal of the government to meet some of their demands, lamented that many lecturers had taken to farming and other economic activities, while a large number had left the country.
Osodeke said, “So many lecturers are leaving to engage in farming and others; lecturers are tired of the treatment they’re receiving from the government and because of this, they are looking for alternatives. So many more will leave even after the strike too.
‘’I pity the country; Nigeria will be the loser for it. Instead of coming to the table; look at how they will solve the issue, rather, they believe in punishing lecturers. It’s so sad. Your lecturers went on strike, you believe they will become hungry and come back to beg. Many lecturers will also leave to venture into other areas; some are also looking at becoming self-employed.”
VANTAGE NEWS reports that ASUU embarked on the current strike which was embarked on February 15, 2022, entered its day 188 today.
ASUU is demanding the release the revitalisation funds for universities; and the deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.
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