The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its former national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
ASUU described Akande as the grandfather of half-baked government.
This was in reaction to Akande’s earlier attack on the union where he accused the striking lecturers of producing vagabonds and unemployable graduates.
ASUU wondered how a supposed leader of Akande’s status could render a statement with warped logic.
Akande had during the commissioning of one-storey classroom donated to Abolarin college in Oke Ila Orangun, condemned the strike embarked upon by ASUU.
The elder statesman was quoted to have said the union was destroying the education system with demands that were not genuine.
In reaction in a statement on Sunday, ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said Akande’s recent outburst against the ongoing patriotic struggle by ASUU to save public university education in Nigeria clearly exposed that he is just an elder only by age but not a statesman.
“The same Bisi Akande who himself was a teacher during the free education programme of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo sacked hundreds of teachers and left Osun state education in tatters now claims to value quality graduates while shying away from adequate investment in education.
“It is on record that during Akande’s time as governor all the higher institutions in Osun State were closed down due to the anti-masses policy of his administration on education.
“It is even self-indicting for the leader of a ruling party who is destroying public education with chronic underfunding of the existing institution but busy itself to mushrooming of new universities without any funding plan to still be talking in public. The budget for education in the current year was wickedly cut down to seven percent to demonstrate their hatred for public funded education,” Omole said.
He said the union was not government that promised Nigerian youths gainful employment like the ruling party did and so “could not be blamed for the failure of the clueless government to establish industries.”