Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised the alarm over the mass resignation of lecturers from Nigeria’s universities.
It said most departments and units in Nigeria’s public universities were short-staffed due to the resignation of lecturers in search of greener pastures.
The union said poor and delayed salaries, unpaid allowances, poor infrastructure, lack of respect for the academic community, and the seeming dwindling hope were some of the factors responsible for the resignation of lecturers in the past few months.
The chairman, University of Ibadan (UI) chapter of ASUU, Professor Ayo Akinwole, who stated this on yesterday in Ibadan, added that Nigeria’s public universities were in a very pitiable condition with stress and frustration visible in the faces of poorly-remunerated lecturers.
According to him, except President Bola Ahmed Tinubu arrested the situation by reviewing the conditions of service in terms and salaries, allowances, and infrastructure, many good hands would continue to resign and leave the country.
The ASUU boss said it was unfortunate that the same government that is not funding education has a National Assembly proposing to establish 32 more universities.
While noting that establishing more universities would not solve the problem, Akinwole suggested improving the carrying capacity of the existing universities to admit more students.
He said the union had received reports on how colleagues resign on a monthly basis because of the way lecturers are treated and poorly remunerated in Nigeria.
He argued that “Universities around the world were poaching more quality hands, and if not halted by the government, through intentional reviewing upward conditions of service, it will be difficult to retain the best hands.”
The ASUU boss claimed that the government’s policy had made it difficult to even retain good hands because to employ and get approval from Abuja may take up to a year and by that time, the good candidate has left for greener pastures.
He said, “Vice chancellors cannot singlehandedly employ to replace staff as urgently as it is needed again. They have to contact Abuja for approval, which may take six months to a year, if not more, before they get approval.
“By this time, the best candidate has gone to a more serious country that respects quality. Sadly, people from higher up there from the Ministry of Education to the legislators themselves want to dictate who the universities should employ,” he added.