Friday, 6 January 2012


FOR any dispute
between two parties,
there must be a specific
cause. The indefinite
strike embarked upon
some days ago by the
Academic Staff Union
of Universities (ASUU)
stemmed from the
failure of the Nigerian
government to keep to
the promise that it
made in 2009. Hence,
university education in
the country has been in
a shambles as many
universities are
currently under key and
lock while university
students are being
forced to observe a
compulsory holiday.
It is clear that anytime
unversity lecturers are
on strike, education,
which is generally an
asset for individual and
national development,
seriously suffers some
setbacks. It is quite a
pity that in spite of 12
years of civilian
governments, no
succeeding government
has been able to find a
lasting solution to the
recurrence of strikes by
university’ teachers in
Nigeria. There is no
doubting the fact that
one of the major
causes of educational
crises in this country is
incessant strikes by
varsity lecturers, which
are always precipitated
by disagreements
between government
and teachers.
For the time being, it is
important to make
mention of some
protracted strikes
during the military and
present civilian regimes.
The universities’
academic calendar were
greatly disrupted during
the days of the military
dictator, General
Ibrahim Badamosi
Babangida (retd). The
situation degenerated
from bad to worse
during the regime of
another tyrant, the late
General Sani Abacha. We
also experienced ASUU
strike when the then
president of Nigeria
(Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo) failed to
implement the
agreement reached
with university
In a similar vein, the
late President Umaru
Musa Yar’Adua clashed
with ASUU and another
strike ensued.
It is so unfortunate
that the history of
ASUU’s industrial action
is repeating itself in the
present day Nigeria,
when we all think that
Dr Goodluck Jonathan,
who is a democratically-
elected president of the
Federal Republic of
Nigeria, with an
intellectual acumen, will
set the records straight
As a matter of fact,
the forces working
against Nigerian
education are; lack of
intellectual super
structures and regular
electricity supply;
absence of potable
water, standard
libraries and science
laboratories. It is very
difficult for Nigerian
lecturers to embark on
researches like their
counterparts in foreign
universities because the
Nigerian government
has not provided ample
resources for the
conduct of such
Besides all these,
protracted strikes have
forced the most gifted
and talented teachers
to flee our universities.
The then Minister of
Education, Obiageli Ezek
wesili rightly said in
2006 on the NTA
programme entitled:
Presidential Forum on
Education that, ‘95 per
cent of Nigerian
professors are in
foreign universities.
Hamzat Babalola M.
Faculty of Law,
University of Ibadan,

1 comment:

  1. ASUU AND F.G: A Negative Impact on Nigeria Education
    Article by Akinfolarin Akinwale v. [a.k.a BTG]
    Education is a transformational tool in any given society and it should be held in high esteem. The future of Nigeria education has been relegated by various stakeholders (including, F.G and ASUU) in the sector. It is unfortunate that the government that is vested with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable development in all ramification through education claimed to have skiped some allowances of teachers in higher institutions of learning during the preparation of it fiscal budget for 2013. A contract or agreement that is duely signed by parties is deemed to be binding on the parties involved, but the Nigeria government that should uphold this has failed to implement such agreement which it entered into with ASUU in 2009, which in turn leads to a breach and violation of contract.

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the other hand has failed to accept the fact that there exist social stratification of the "Haves" and Have Nots" in the society as the “Haves” i.e the rich does not want access to quality or eminence education by the “Have Nots” i.e the poor, thereby igniting incessant struggle between the two class and the universities staff also belong to the class of the "Have Not" i.e the lower class in which the common parent and students are included, (poor against poor).
    The act of frequent declaration of strike action by ASUU is not at all time the solution for government to meet up their demands because the end product of the strike action often falls back on the lower class in the society i.e the "Have Nots" . The claim of ASUU is the government refusal to grant the lecturer's allowances and extra-payment on student's project supervision, examination supervision, workload allowances, etc... The question is that with all the salaries and municipal revenue generated by public universities, are they able to meet up to the minimum local standard talk much of international standard?. The rich men children are flown abroad to obtain a qualitative and valuable education. The Nigerian professors are merely theoretical in nature and dispositions, however, lecturers believe in examination and regurgitation of knowledge from students, they also perpetuate all manners of academic corruption which is systemic. Some of the universities lecturer's performance can not be equated to their rewards or benefits as their job performance is relatively low in contrast to their economic return. They do no longer assume that the rewards of teachers are in heaven as so many of them strive for various kinds of political appointments in both state and federal level under the disguise of "ASUU". The poor man and students should not suffer for this. Education has become a game and teddy bear in the hands of F.G and ASUU. A bachelor degree programme that should last for four(4) years is now been elongated to five(5) years, thereby increasing the cost on education for both parent and individual student in a highly competitive and relatively low returns on investment on education society like Nigeria.
    In conclusion, ASUU and F.G should recognize that the future of this country and the education of its citizens for overall development are premised on the formulations and implantation of positive educational and social policies. However, I hereby appeal to the conscience of ASUU and Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately speed up actions in resolving and implementing the October 2009 joint agreement between them to rescue the nation's educational system.


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