The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised an alarm over the exodus of lecturers from the nation’s universities for greener pastures abroad.
The union 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.
National President of the Union, Emmanuel Osodeke, in a television interview on Sunday lamented that many lecturers had taken to farming and other economic activities, while a large number had left the country.
Osodeke spoke in reaction to the government’s refusal to meet some of their demands, including the payment of seven months’ backlog of salaries accrued during the current ongoing strike action.
On his part, the union’s chairman of the University of Lagos branch, Dele Ashiru, who spoke in a separate interview also revealed that more than 70 per cent of the brightest brains in academia had left the country, adding that the government had been so disrespectful and insensitive to the scholars.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Education Institutions (NASU) had on Saturday suspended their strike actions after the Federal Government committed N50 billion to pay earned allowances for university staff, including ASUU’s.
However, activities in public universities are expected to remain limited as ASUU remains on strike.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said ASUU rejected the government’s proposal over the “no work, no pay” rule.
The union is insisting the government must pay for the six months during which its members exited classrooms.