‘We’ve lost 46 members to hardship’ – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the Abuja Zone has expressed deep sorrow over the passing of several professors as a result of economic hardships in the country.

Salahu Muhammed, the Abuja zonal coordinator of ASUU, conveyed in a statement that the union mourned the loss of professors from various universities, including the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology Minna, Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State University Nasarawa, and Ibrahim Babangida University Lapai.

Muhammed emphasized that over the past decade, a growing number of Nigerian academics have been leaving the country in pursuit of better opportunities abroad. This exodus has placed a heavier workload on the remaining patriotic academics within the system, whose morale and dedication are dwindling due to inadequate compensation and unfavorable working conditions.

He highlighted the grim reality that the union has witnessed the loss of numerous members due to the strenuous working conditions, psychological and emotional strain, and illnesses related to these challenges. In the Abuja zone alone, universities have mourned the loss of 46 members.

Furthermore, Muhammed cited the recent passing of Professor Johnson Oyero, an esteemed Professor of Fisheries at the Federal University of Technology Minna, attributing his demise to the inability to access quality medical care due to financial constraints.

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