The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party of vagabonds.
He added that the former national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande is the grandfather of half-baked government. This was for accusing striking lecturers of producing vagabonds and unemployable graduates.
The union said it was unfortunate that a leader of Akande’s status could render a statement with warped logic.
Chief Bisi Akande had condemned the strike embarked upon by ASUU. He said this in Oke Ila Orangun where he went to commission one storey classroom donated to Abolarin college.
He was reported to have said the union is destroying the country with demands that are not genuine.
Reacting to this, the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said it was shameful what Chief Bisi Akande said.
Omole stated that Akande’s outburst against ASUU clearly exposed him that he is just an elder 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,” Dr. Omole said.
According to him, ASUU is not government that promised Nigerian youths gainful employment. So ASUU, like the ruling party, “could not be blamed for the failure of the clueless government to establish industries.”
The ASUU boss said it was because of the likes of Akande who is interested in killing public education to allow for their children and grandchildren to dominate and oppress the children of the masses that they go on strike.