Excess workload killing lecturers, ASUU cries out

University of Ibadan

Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan

Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called on the Federal Government to open-up recruitment of academic staff in the federal universities in order to safe overworked lecturers’ from untimely death.

Making this call through a statement released on Sunday in Ibadan, the Chairman, UI Chapter of the Union, Dr Deji Omole stated that Nigeria Universities were short of not less than 40,000 lecturers.

Omole noted that due to poor working environment, job overload and non-approval of leaves as at when due, as a result of inadequate man power, has resulted to untimely death of some academic staff across the nation’s universities in 2018.

The ASUU boss noted that due to work-related stress and the bad economic fortunes, lecturers hardly have time to attend to their health, creating health complications which ultimately leads to incapacitation and sometimes death.

Omole further noted that the “federal government is not only determined to kill the lecturers with stress but also determined to kill university of Ibadan in particular.

This is being done by deliberately refusing to payroll newly recruited lecturers to replace our dead or retired colleagues even when due processes were followed in the recruitment procedures.”

Omole further called for comprehensive medical check-up by various institutions to ascertain the health conditions of their staff, noting that in the struggle for survival, many lecturers who thought they were well might have death threatening health conditions.

According to him, the health of her members were fast depreciating due to work overload occasioned by the failure of the federal government to employ more academics to cope with the number of students admitted.

He said that while academic staff continued to work in the most dehumanised conditions, the federal government had refused to pay the earned academic allowances from 2011 to date.

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  • Honestly, it very pathetic to hear that earned academic allowances dating back to 2011 remain unpaid as at the end of August 2018!!! Again, it is unfathomable to think that retirees are also not paid their pension. Why is this so? I can not think of any reason for this undeserved situation. The other day some federal pensioners (presumably including University retirees) were also complaining that their arrears resulting from late submission of BVN remain unpaid almost two years after submitting their BVN.
    The federal government should get its priorities right and attend immediately to the ASUU demands in order to avoid another round of academic fiasco. The demands are quite reasonable and there is nothing strange there.
    Ordinarily, when vacancies occur in a university the next thing is to fill such positions following the usual processes. Those employed would naturally have to be remunerated for their services. I think the government should fulfill it's financial obligations to the universities so that the new lecturers will not be demotivated in performing their duties to the nation. Those responsible for pension payments should not let down the retirees for any reason whatsoever because after retirement most pensioners need to rest and would need to survive on this.
    Following the recent increase in the number of deaths in the country's universities, I would suggest that ASUU should look into the retirement age of its members and review it downwards to 65 years instead of the present 70. This is just a suggestion.

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