University lecturers use research grant to buy big cars, build houses, drink beer – Ugwoke, labour leader

Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, National President of Senior Staff Association of
Nigerian Universities, SSANU, has accused those saddled with the administration of
universities of gradually killing education through corruption.
He claimed that female students abandon their studies to do prostitution abroad,
especially in Italy, but end up graduating, sometimes, with second class upper degree
because they bribe lecturers with lorry loads of cement when they come back.
Besides, the SSANU National President, who is the Chairman of Joint Action
Committee, JAC, comprising National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT,
Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Educational Institutions, NASU, and the
SSANU, said some university lecturers use research grant to buy big cars, build houses
and drink beer, while little or nothing is done on research.
This, he said, was the reason for the mega rally university non-teaching staff had that
took them to the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Assembly where they
called for investigation into university administration across the country.
Ngokwe told Sunday Vanguard, “The mega rally is to sensitize the public about the
plight of the university system as some people are gradually killing education through
corruption in Nigeria. They don’t want any probe.
We have asked government to set up Visitation Panels to all the universities that are
overdue, let them study what is happening in the universities and unravel the
corruption taking place because they are collecting IGR and they account to nobody.
“We are not even talking about sex for marks, abuse of young girls and money for
marks; when some graduating students make 2:1, some of them are not even in the
country, some of them are doing prostitution in Italy but they are getting 2:1.
“When she comes back and sends a lorry load of bags of cement to the lecturer, she
will be awarded ‘A’ in his course. So many unwholesome things are happening in the
“Let them investigate the research allowances they get which they are using to buy big
cars and building houses and a lot of other works are finished at the beer parlour. By
3 o’clock they are already drinking till 11pm, that is where they do the research.
“These are things we know and nobody is talking. They are at the staff club drinking
beer till 10, 11 pm. Is that where they do the research? Let government investigate the
research allowances that are given out in the universities”.
The union leader pleaded with the National Assembly to wade into corruption in the
university system so as to make the place a proper place for education.

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