The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on tuesday defended its position on why the union shunned the recent national conference.
President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr Nasir Fagge has said that the union refused to participate in the recent national conference because it believed it was a distraction.
Fagge who spoke yesterday at an international symposium on “State of the Nation-States in West Africa: The Unity of our Struggle”, in Lagos said ASUU had seen from the onset that the motive behind the organisation of the national conference was for selfish and materialistic pursuit.
“ASUU said from the beginning that it would not participate in the conference. We knew some of our comrades were there. Most of them were there not because of patriotism but for materialism. At least, many of them received N14 million. We insisted we were not going to participate because it was a distraction. Unfortunately, our prediction came to pass,” Fagge said.
He called on academics in Nigerian universities to adopt a strategy of sensitising their students about situations in Nigeria during lectures and urged lecturers not to be deterred by the argument that whenever they do that, whatever they teach is outside the school curriculum.
He added that Nigerians must be ready to accept socialism to fight imperialism, adding, “those who know should enlighten those who do not know, there must be unity of purpose in the struggle ahead.”
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