By G9ija

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Benin Zone, has accused state governors of politicising academic activities in public universities.

The zone lamented that state universities had suffered political interferences which, it said, had affected the schools.

The Zonal Chairman, Prof Fred Esumeh, in a statement on Thursday, also decried the alleged poor funding of tertiary education.

According to Esumeh, education remains “a public good”, adding that the development of any nation depends on its investment in the education sector.

He said, “The resumption of the strike embarked upon in September 2017 by our union was meant to ensure the survival of public universities in Nigeria.

“In most state universities, activities have been politicised to the detriment of academic excellence and culture. The resumption of the nationwide strike is as a result of government’s failure to keep to an agreement it willingly entered into and government’s insincerity.”