Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that many unqualified persons now teach in universities in the country.
The ASUU national president said this on Sunday while lamenting about the recruitment system in universities around the country.
He said: “Some lecturers have no business in the classrooms, but they found their way in due to political interference.
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“You find that some lecturers probably have no business being in the universities but you know politics has done so much damage to us that sometimes merit is sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity and political connections.
“We hope that we shall restore the credibility of the system as we have been trying to argue over the years. A key step to achieving that is for the government to create an enabling environment for us to go back to the renegotiation table.
“We need to talk more so that we can come up with a new agreement package that will help us in addressing our universities’ shortcomings in no time.”
The ASUU president added: “Teaching is all about passion and not about the preference of any sort. It is something natural.”
On why students do not have access to current publications by lecturers, he said, “Concerning the publications, Nigerian academics are still doing their best within the limit of their environment. The student population is equally a distraction from research and, without research, you cannot publish.
“Talking about research, one must have access to current materials which is becoming increasingly difficult because our libraries are no longer stocked as regularly as it used to happen in the past.
“The laboratories are bereft of chemicals and reagents. Modern facilities for conducting cutting edge research are hardly there.
“So, when you talk of publications, our colleagues are still publishing, but, maybe, you do not see as many books as we used to have in the past.
“And for those who are actually conscious of the implication of what they put into the paper, nobody wants to write junk books. We have limitations which we are trying g to overcome.”