[Ibadan]–The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ibadan zone, has called on the National Assembly to intervene in the salary crises rocking education sector in order to prevent another strike.
Dr. Ade Adejumo, the ASUU Chairman in the zone, made this plea in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Monday.
According to Adejumo, the call for the intervention became necessary due to what he referred to as “unfortunate trend of decreasing salary to public universities”.
While citing the example of the University of Ibadan, Adejumo said that the premier university had in the last two months, experienced a shortfall in salaries as a result of incomplete subvention from the Federal Government.
The ASUU boss also threatened that the academic staff at LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, may be forced to resume their suspended strike action even in the midst of the ongoing examination in the institution.
“This is against the backdrop of the demonstrated lack of commitment by Oyo and Osun states to fund LAUTECH since December 2015.”
He also called on the Federal Government to probe the allegations of fraud against the present and past administrations at the University of Ilorin.
“The recent revelations of monumental fraud and mind bugging nepotistic manipulations in the University of Ilorin vindicate our petitions to the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government is hereby called upon to show more than a passing interest in probing the activities of the past and present administrations of the university.
“This is very important given the present government’s avowed zero-tolerance for corruption.
“The Unilorin matter provides a litmus test for this government to prove that it is serious about its fight against graft,” Adejumo said.
He finally reiterated the need for the state governments within Ibadan zone to live up to the responsibility of funding their universities.
It should be noted that the Ibadan Zone of ASUU comprises state and federal Universities in Oyo, Kwara and Osun.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg