The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government under him of treating its members like slaves.
According to the union, the government only listen to and implement what it called the destructive policy recommendations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank against the larger interest of Nigerians.
It stated that poor policies formulated and implemented in the Education sector have been making the government to treat lecturers like slaves.
ASUU threatened to fight the slave merchants and liberate the nation’s lecturers by working for better conditions of service, including salaries and allowances as well as get the preferred conductive working and learning environments for students.
The union’s chairman, Professor Ayo Akinwole, made this known in a statement yesterday in reaction to an allegation by Education Minister, Adamu Adamu that he was working on how to resolve the lingering issues between ASUU and the government when he heard that the union had declared a strike.
He explained that due to the stress arising from the failure of the government to recruit more university workers, many ASUU members had died while others simply left the country for greener pastures.
Akinwole said: “The Federal Government lacks integrity. It is sad. The government cannot be trusted any longer. We have been on the same salary for 13 years, and it is even shameful to show anyone your pay slip.
“When compared to the work we do, we have sacrificed for Nigeria to the detriment of our wellbeing. This is already dampening the morale of our people.
“The Federal Government should sign the renegotiated agreement, implement it, roll out UTAS, settle unpaid earned academic allowances, and commit more funds into the revitalisation of universities.”