The protracted strike of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) is forcing lecturers to drop job to cross borders for greener pastures.
The National President of the union, Emmanuel Osodeke disclosed the development as mass resignation of lecturers rocks the union.
According Naija News reports, Emmanuel raised the alarm when he spoke with PUNCH on Sunday that many lecturers are now engaged in farming and other economic activities, while a good number of lecturers have left the shores of the country.
The president said that Federal government’s continual refusal to meet the demands of the union, including seven months salaries during the strike has forced many of the union members to engage in other sources of livelihood
Meanwhile, Emmanuel hinted that the Federal Government may think it’s punishing lecturers but could count its action detrimental to the country at the end.
He said: “So many lecturers are leaving to engage in farming and others; lecturers are tired of the treatment they’re receiving from the government and because of this, they are looking for alternatives. So many more will leave even after the strike too.
‘’I pity the country; Nigeria will be the loser for it. Instead of coming to the table; look at how they will solve the issue, rather, they believe in punishing lecturers.
It’s so sad. Your lecturers went on strike, you believe they will become hungry and come back to beg. Many lecturers will also leave to venture into other areas; some are also looking at becoming self-employed”, he added.