Owerri – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has argued that Nigeria’s education system is in resuscitation and could die soon if caution is not applied.
ASUU President, Federal University of Technology in Owerri (FUTO), Dr Christopher Echereobia, made the submission at a tripartite event hosted by the union at the institution on Thursday.
The three-in-one event had the union’s farewell convention, the recognition of retirees and the awarding of a scholarship to needy and bright university students.
Echereobia said ASUU has remained the lifeline of the country’s education system, describing the union as a selfless union fighting for better higher education in the country.
âThe education system in Nigeria is a reanimation machine, the life support is ASUU, if you remove ASUU it will collapse; ASUU is a selfless union that fights for the infrastructure and the well-being of the members and students, âhe said.
He noted that the union decided to honor retirees from 2010 to 2021 in recognition of their diligent service to the institution, while the awarding of a scholarship to nine students was intended to encourage them to work harder.
Echereobia urged the incoming union leadership to never joke about the welfare of staff and students.
One of the retirees, Professor Adive Udedibie, at a conference frowned as he thought student extortion had crept into the university and called for its stop.
He urged staff to take studies and research seriously in order to be successful.
Udedibie urged the young speakers to strive to learn from the older ones and save for their retirement.
The vice-chancellor of the institution, Professor Nnenna Otti stressed that some teachers are abandoning the teaching she described as their main responsibility, for union issues.
Otti argued that lecturers are academics first before they are ASUU members and therefore should take teaching seriously.
She is committed to ensuring the well-being of staff and retirees.