Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor of Ekiti State has come out to clarify his comments on the status of the welfare of university professors.
According to Premium Times, the Ekiti state governor said his interview in France was not intended to denigrate members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In a statement on Saturday by his chief press secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, the governor said his interview, which was granted to the media a day after an interactive session with Nigerians living in France, was misconstrued as a direct comment on salaries of professors and undue meddling in the affairs of ASUU.
In the interview, the governor stated that members of ASUU and higher institutions have fared better under the administration of President Muhammad Buhari. He was also quoted saying that Nigerian Professors earn as much as N500,000 monthly which is the same with the salaries of governors in Nigeria.
In the governor’s reaction, he said it was unfortunate that his interview was misunderstood by members of the union.
“Suffice it to say, however, that the thrust of the media interview was the need for honest debate on basic and tertiary education in the country.
“The reference to salaries of professors was only a light-hearted response to the question as to whether the governor thought university professors were well paid.
“What Gov. Fayemi did in the interview was an appraisal of the country’s educational system, while emphasizing that the Buhari administration, more than the previous administrations, had made substantial investment in the sector, which must be acknowledged.
“It must be stated that regardless of divergent opinions of critical stakeholders in the education sector, a robust debate is needed to reposition the sector. This must be done as a matter of urgency. This much was canvassed by Dr. Fayemi in the interview,” the statement read.
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