The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Jos state Chapter, said Nigerian students pay about $3billion as tuition fees to study in African Universities every year.
The ASUU Chairperson, Dr. David Jangkam flung by his Secretary, Dr. Noel Wannang and other members of the executive disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the ASUU secretariat in Jos, over the ongoing ASUU strike, and the conduct of the Post UMTE Screening by the Administration of University of Jos.
According to him, “Nigerian Scholars are migrating to other African countries in their numbers, paying about 3 billion dollars annually as tuition fees and other charges in other African Universities.
Decrying that, “Inspite of all these glaring gloomy statistics and facts, the Nigerian Government has refused to implement its agreement with the body.
“We are all aware that the Federal Government of Nigeria is not serious about education generally and in particular, University Education, precipitating the collapse of the education sub-sector.
“Meanwhile, their wards, kids and kins are in nursery, primary, secondary schools and Universities outside the shores of the country where huge public resources are siphoned by the officials of government for their upkeep.
Maintaining that, “The Union has vowed to resist these anti-people policies at all cost.
He said the federal government should note that the Union did not just embark on a new strike action, by resumed the earlier suspended strike.
Speaking on the post UMTE test ongoing in the University of Jos, the Union said the ongoing strike action is “Total, Comprehensive and Indefinite”, so no academic activities in whatever form is suppose to take place.
He explained that, other state and federal Universities that had earlier fixed their dates for post UMTE test, had to suspend it due to the ongoing strike, but wondered why University of Jos went ahead to conduct theirs, using non-academic staff.
Jangkam decried that, University of Jos, which is the least among its peers (second generation universities), despite receiving a letter from its chapter, urging it not to conduct the test went ahead.
According to him, the aforementioned action by the University of Jos, “Amounts to a breach of University rules on examinations, which vest the preparation and conduct of examinations solely and as a sacred responsibility of academic staff.
“The Union dissociates itself from the post UTME test; pass a vote of no confidence on the exercise and its outcome, condemns the exercise and calls for its outright cancellation”.
Stressing that the post UTME test is “invalid” and does not hold any credibility as far as ASUU is concerned.