The Chairman of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) branch of the union, Dr Mohammed Aliyu, addressed reporters in Zaria, Kaduna State, on the state of education.
He said: “It is disheartening to note that students in 200, even 300-level, cannot write a simple letter. This has shown how poor our education standard is.”
On the ongoing strike, the chairman said It was not about salary increment, but to compel the Federal Government to honour the 2009 agreement with the union.
“After three years of serious negotiation, government signed the October 2009 agreement with our union.
“The agreement, which aimed at addressing the rot in the Nigerian university system and enhancing its overall efficiency.
“The agreement focuses on funding requirements for revitalisation of the Nigerian universities, Federal Government assistance to state universities.
“Progressive increase in annual budgetary allocation to education to 26 per cent between 2009 and 2020 and amendment of the pension/retirement age of academics on the professional cadre from 65-70 years.”
The chairman said after signing the agreement, both federal and state government developed cold feet, forcing the union to embark on a warning strike before proceeding on an indefinite action.