The Executive Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has revealed that he earns N500,000 monthly as a serving governor. He claims that most Professors in Nigerian universities earn more than he does.
The Governor made this known while speaking negative effect of the current nationwide strike declared by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
According to reports, Lecturers in Government Universities kicked off the strike on the 5th of November, 2018, over poor funding by the federal government of Nigeria.
Fayemi, while speaking to newsmen in Paris at the end of President Muhammad Buhari’s interactive session with Nigerians living in France, said ASUU ought not to have gone on strike. He said ASUU cannot get everything it wants.
“ASUU claimed that it is on strike because it wants improvement in the fortunes of education in Nigeria and that government has not lived up to expectations.
“I made bold to say that no government has done as much as this government has done. Not just for ASUU, but for tertiary education in our country.
“Is it enough? Absolutely, it’s not going to be enough. We just have to keep doing more.
“But ask yourself what was the average wage in the university system before. A university professor earns more than me as a governor. My salary as a governor is N500,000. Most university professors earn about the same amount if not more.
“Yes you may argue that there are other opportunities available, there are also other opportunities that are available that are not being taken advantage of by our academics. I can say a little bit about this because this is my terrain.
“I do not think ASUU on its own strength can argue that government has not done well. There is hardly any institution in Nigeria today, including state universities that have not had the benefit of intervention.
“It is either the government is building an auditorium or rehabilitating a laboratory, or improving on students hostels in virtually all the universities as I speak to you. That’s what TETFUND does via their intervention funds. That again is not the complete solution.
I am Olamide George Nneka, a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. Reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org