Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor has cautioned the Academic of Staff of Union of Universities (ASUU), adding that not all her demands will be achieved.
According to Vanguard, Fayemi, the immediate minister of solid minerals, was reacting to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by ASUU during a session with Nigerians living in France.
The governor berated the union over its excessive demand in the face of present economic instability.
He said: “If you talk about tertiary education, ASUU is on strike, but you ask yourself, why is ASUU on strike. ASUU claimed that it is on strike because it wants improvement in the fortunes of education in Nigeria and that government has not lived up to expectations. “I made bold to say that no government has done as much as this government has done, not just for ASUU, but for tertiary education in our country.
“Is it enough? Absolutely, it’s not going to be enough. We have to keep doing more.” The governor, who boasted that he has confidence that ASUU could not deny the federal government’s efforts, also revealed his salary, adding that most lecturers earned more salaries than him. He claimed: “But ask yourself what was the average wage in the university system before. A university professor earns more than me as a governor.
My salary as a governor is N500,000. Most university professors earn about the same amount, if not more. “Yes, you may argue that there are other opportunities available, there are also other opportunities that are available that are not being taken advantage of by our academics.