The new President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has stated that people don’t come to teach in Nigerian universities because of poor welfare.
Osodeke who assumed office as the president of the ASUU and who took over from Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this while answering questions asked him by The Punch on Saturday.
He said, “Our reality is that while Nigerian lecturers go outside the country to teach, no foreigner can come to teach in Nigeria. Any country you go to, you will see a Nigerian lecturing because of the fluidity of the university system in those places, but nobody from outside this country, not even from the Republic of Benin, will want to come and teach in Nigeria because our payment and welfare have been degraded.”
“The situation is that universality is leaving the Nigerian university system. That was one of the major issues we talked about in 2009 that the government refused to implement.”
He further decried the bad infrastructure in the Nigerian educational system.
“The cost of training one Nigerian student effectively is about N1.2m. But today, we are not anywhere near that. We don’t have the infrastructure, we don’t have the laboratories.”
Victor Emmanuel Osodeke is a Nigerian Professor of Soil Science and a lecturer at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.