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Brain Drain: ASUU expresses frustration as staff shortage hits public universities in Nigeria

*The Academic Staff Union of Universities blames staff shortage on poor and delayed salaries, unpaid allowances, poor infrastructure and lack of respect for the academic community resulting in resignation of several lecturers in recent months in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says poor and delayed salaries, unpaid allowances, poor infrastructure and lack of respect for the academic community are responsible for the resignation of several lecturers in the past few months.

ConsumerConnect reports Prof. Ayo Akinwole, Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter, disclosed this development Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

Akinwole also raised the alarm that most departments and units in several Nigerian public universities are short-staffed due to the resignation of lecturers in search of greener pastures overseas.

According to ASUU, poor and delayed salaries, unpaid allowances, poor infrastructure and lack of respect for the academic community are responsible for the resignation of lecturers in recent months.

Prof. Akinwole equally lamented that public universities are in pitiable conditions with stress and frustration visible in the faces of lecturers.

“Vice-Chancellors cannot single-handedly employ to replace staff as urgent as it is needed again.

“They have to contact Abuja for approval, which may take six months to a year, if not more, before they get approval,” said the UI ASUU Chapter Chairman.

The academic also lamented: “By this time, the best candidate has gone to a more serious country that respects quality.

“Sadly, people from the Ministry of Education to legislators themselves want to dictate who the universities should employ.”

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