Former Governor of Osun State and pioneer National Chairman of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande, has berated members of Academic Staff of Union of Universities (ASUU) over incessant strike actions, saying their actions was devaluing the quality of tertiary education across the nation.
Akande, who made the remarks while speaking with newsmen in Oke Ila in Osun State, said lecturers in nation’s tertiary institutions were a bunch of irresponsible people.
He stressed that their actions were destructive to the country. He explained that actions of lecturers had been largely responsible for the poor quality of graduates being produced in the country.
Chief Akande noted that the lecturers ought to be ashamed of their actions saying it has not add any value to the nation’s education sector.
Akande also described the incessant strikes embarked upon by ASUU as a dishonest and destructive act.
He maintained that the incessant industrial action by the members of the union had been largely responsible for poor quality graduates, whom, he alleged are vagabonds and unemployable.
He said further, ”Can they do that in private establishments? It is because they are employed by the government that gives them such opportunities. If they are truly sincere about their demands they should also come together and found University.”
He lamented that the strike was a shame on the part of the ASUU and Nigeria too, adding that it was only in Nigeria that workers would go on strike and come back to earn salary.
“ASUU strike cannot happen in a civilised community. It’s only in a decadent country like Nigeria that people go on strike and come back to earn the salary. It’s shameful of ASUU and it’s shameful of Nigeria. May the tribe of ASUU never exist again in Nigeria,” Akande said.
When asked what he think ASUU should do, the former Osun State Governor said: “I am not asking them to do anything, they should be ashamed that they are producing vagabond for us.
“People go to the university and come back with half-baked education. They are teachers of vagabonds and that is the truth. That is why Nigeria is becoming worse.
“Their demands are never genuine. It’s because government employed them. That is why they are doing that. Why can’t they come together and found a university?”