The National President , Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr Nasir Fagge Isa at the weekend frowned at the politicization of Governing Council members’ appointment in Nigerian Public Universities.
He noted that the growing twin tumors of corruption and impunity may consume the very existence of the country if not arrested, incarcerated and destroyed.
Fagge lamented that corruption, fraud and open stealing have become norms among bureaucrats, politicians and their collaborators adding that the mind boggling figures of missing, stolen and embezzled funds should bring Nigerians to the streets to demand for answers.
He said visitors of public universities have turned the appointment of Governing Councils members into political compensation to allies or political bait to adversaries.
He stated this over the weekend while speaking with newsmen at the end of the 18th National Delegates Conference held in Ibadan .
He lamented the dwindling quality of Council members which he said is made up of members who ‘are more concerned with sitting allowance and contracts tendering than they are concerned with the availability or otherwise of physical infrastructure and learning resources in the universities’.
While stating that ASUU would resist the appointment of people of doubtful quality and integrity into university Governing Councils Fagge noted that if incompetent Governing Councils are allowed to steer the nations university management, it will lead to chaotic and crises ridden system through the appointment of incompetent Vice Chancellor and Principal officers.
On 2015, Dr Fagge noted that the political space in Nigeria is increasingly becoming intolerant, desperate and unhealthy for the polity.
The ASUU president who said that Nigerians are not being given sufficient options to choose from added that “the same crop of crooks are recycling themselves from one party to another to scramble for power”
While noting that the ruling elites have systematically edged out the people from the governance equation, Fagge averred that the “crop of looters in the garb of rulers pretending to be leaders cannot create the Nigeria of our dream”