The Academic Staff Union of Universities has cried out over exodus of lecturers from the nation’s universities for greener pastures abroad due to the lingering industrial action it embarked on since last February.
The union attributed the development to the Federal Government’s poor treatment of its members which it said had forced many to venture into other sources of livelihood.
The National President, ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, who made this disclosure at the weekend lamented that many lecturers had taken to farming and other economic activities, while a large number had left the country.
Osodeke spoke in reaction to the government’s refusal to meet some of their demands, including the payment of seven months’ backlog of salaries accrued during the strike.
It could be recalled that the union had embarked on four strikes totalling 578 days under the Muhammadu Buhari regime. The current strike by ASUU started on February 14, 2022, and entered its day 188 on Monday (today).