By Charles Kalu
A Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lagos , Opuruiche Douglas Anele has called on his colleagues at the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to always reflect deeply before taking decisions to embark on industrial action.
Prof. Anele said the university system had become so epileptic, episodic and unpredictable due to incessant stoppages of academic work by ASUU. Speaking as a guest on our prime news and current affairs programme, The Daily Report on Star 101.5fm Lagos in Lagos; the Anele noted that the academic stoppages was causing serious damage to the country’s future leaders and by extension it’s workforce.
He also blamed the government for its lack of foresight and proper planning aimed at averting such crises in tertiary institutions of learning.
The lecturer, who is also a columnist with the Vanguard, said the government needed to be proactive in dealing with issues concerning education in Nigeria.
He accused the government of deliberately discarding the 26 percent budgetary allocation for education as recommended for countries by the UN body, UNESCO.
Prof. Anele appealed to both ASUU and the government to soften their positions for peace to reign especially for the sake of students and their parents. However, he insisted that lecturers must be well remunerated for their contributions to the society and the national development.
He also came down hard on university administrators for deliberately commercialising the issuance of honorary doctorate degrees. He said it was disgraceful for universities to be issuing all sorts of honorary degrees to all sorts of questionable characters for the sake of money.
“By convention honorary doctorate degrees are given to individuals who have made contributions to the academic community or their immediate community. Individuals are not supposed to answer doctor except you have a doctorate degree or a Phd.”
Speaking on Nigeria’s educational curriculum, Prof. Anele said it was flawed and obsolete. “Parents must do their jobs by laying good foundation for their children by teaching them good conduct, values of honesty, integrity and hard work. Teach them the importance of virtuous behaviour,” he added.
More so, he adds, “Nigeria had conspired to devalue teachers.”