The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the weekend vowed to frustrate the hike in tuition fees at the Lagos State University.
The National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, said this at a symposium organised by the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) group held at the University of Ibadan.
Fagge, who was reacting to the plea by a group of students from the university asking ASUU to intervene in the controversial fees imposed on them by the Lagos State Government and the authorities of the institution, told them that there was no retreat, no surrender yet.
He said ASUU had set up a committee to meet with the state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, and the management of the institution on the matter adding that universities are not commercial centres for Internally Generated Revenues (IGR), but knowledge production centres.
The union president said the new fees, if allowed, was capable of denying students access to public education, adding that moves to hike tuition fee would not take care of the problems in the university but deny children of the masses access to education.
According to Fagge, the fee introduction would have taken place earlier than now but halted by the intervention of ASUU through a delegation led by Dr. Dipo Fashina.
While saying the union would not support hike in fees in any public universities in Nigeria, ASUU president said the union’s final action would be determined by the outcome of the meeting of delegates sent to meet Fashola and the vice-chancellor of the institution.
Meanwhile, ASUU has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack and prosecute all corrupt public officers in his government to serve as deterrent to others.
Fagge called for a review of the immunity clause which protects corrupt people in power from prosecution, noting that covering up crimes of the powerful was inimical to growth and development of the country.
He said the law was against the masses who are daily suffering from the consequences of unchecked stealing and pilfering of the common wealth of the nation.
Fagge who said the present leadership could not be trusted, tasked Nigerians to mobilise and collectively demand accountability from government at all levels.
He expressed worries over scandals happening in the corridors of power in Nigeria, admonishing Nigerians to demand accountability from those at the helms of affairs.
“The people who are running the country are interested in personal gains and not development of the country. Our citizens are languishing in poverty with the smallest percentage raking the commonwealth. Our law that protects leaders who steal while in office from prosecution is against the masses and the progress of the country,” Fagge added.