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See why we protest? Highest paid professor in Nigerian varsity earns N450,000 monthly, ASUU agonises

From NDUKAIHE UGWU, Abuja

If you are the brightest, most senior or experienced professor in the Nigerian university system, you can only earn a paltry N450,000 or approximately $1000 a month compared to about N30m a month by a Senator of the Federal Republic, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has remonstrated.

Against this background, ASUU has demanded improved welfare and working conditions of professors and other academic staff in Nigerian universities.

ASUU agonised that its members are paid “peanut” as salary, even as they work tirelessly to impact useful knowledge on the students who are, later, released to the society to contribute to socioeconomic development of Nigeria.

Chairman of ASUU, University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter, Dele Ashiru made this startling revelation while speaking on Television Continental (TVC) yesterday.

He said: “It means that if a professor spends 20 years as a professor in any university, he or she will get a pay rise. That’s why we are asking for renegotiation of our agreement so that our condition of service can improve.

“We teach students who control the affairs of the country and beyond, can afford thrice the salaries of our professors and other academic staff members.

Regrettably, these students cannot be taught by unmotivated lecturers if this situation continues

“We also demand that government send visitation panels to federal universities to examine governance issues therein. People accuse universities of being corrupt but that is what the visitation panels ought to unravel.

“The law stipulates that visitation panels should be dispatched to institutions every five years but that has not been done in the past 10 years by the Federal Government.

That was the reason for the overbearing powers allegedly exercised by people like Dr. Wale Babalakin, who was the Chairman, Governing Council of UNILAG.

He played “god” in the university whilst he was in the Council.”

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