Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged Nigerians to be
ready for what it called a real revolutionary change, just as it
described the change mantra of the ruling All Progressives Congress
(APC) as mere “cosmetics change.”
Public Lecture and Distinguished Service Award held inside the Trenchard
Hall of the University of Ibadan on Wednesday themed “Good Governance:
A Surgical Strike against Economic Recession”, the President of ASUU,
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, lamented that the Nigerian ruling class
seemed not to have a template for governance or development.
long as that continues, we’ll be regressing and not progressing. For
those that are calling themselves progressives, we are yet to see the
progress the progressives are building,” he further remarked.
ASUU President who was the guest of honour at the event organised the
UI Chapter of the union announced that the Academic Staff Union was
ready to educate Nigerians on the development while challenging the
populace to “stand up and take their future in their hands in a
courageous and real revolutionary change, to be led ASUU, which is
set start from the walls of Nigerian universities”.
he stated that ASUU was ready to “engage the Nigerian state for many
issues that affect us on good governance, especially to develop Nigeria
and what is required to do so”.
ASUU is not pleased with what is happening today for at least three
reasons. In the first place, as a union of intellectuals, we cannot stay
aloof; We cannot watch helplessly while the ruling class continuing in
its act of displacement of the country.
has happened in this country in the last 10 years or so should be
enough to transform this country if not to another Japan, but at least
maybe to another Malaysia or Singapore. But unlike Malaysia or
Singapore, what was sold to us is Washington consensus. I am sure my
colleagues will talk more about it.
that was what produced Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). What we’re
having now is SAP in another form. Somebody came up and said I will not
devalue the naira, what is happening to the Naira today? Free fall.
Somebody said I will increase the price of petroleum, what is happening
now? The price is almost doubled! And it is not impossible that in
another few months, if we don’t put our acts together, I insisted, in
another couple of months, we will just wake up and see that the price of
pump price will be swayed.
asked for change, Nigerians did not ask for second enslavement. Did we?
That is why we must be interested in what is happening in Nigeria.
like the Nigerian ruling class do not have a template for governance or
development. As long as that continues, we’ll be regressing and not
is not a free gift. It must be fought for. It’s not a free gift. There
is no nation that enjoys freedom without fighting for it and grows.
must sow the seed of that change, the correct change. The change they
are talking about is cosmetics. We are talking about revolutionary
change. Are we prepared for that? We need to guard our loins, ASUU as a
union is committed into doing that.”
Guest lecturer at the event, Dr. Biodun Adedipe, a management and
financial consultant said “Good governance can trigger economic recovery
as decision, execution and outcomes of government activities at the
national and sub-national levels aim only at common good.”
to the him, Nigeria need a structural overhaul of the economy and the
nationals must be ready to do things differently appropriately.
Source: Daily Trust