The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Abuja Zone has expressed regret at the death of several professors due to the nation’s economic difficulties.

ASUU’s zonal coordinator for Abuja, Salahu Muhammad, announced in a statement that the union had lost several professors at various universities, including Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Federal University, Lafia; and Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa.

He continued by saying that over the past ten years, an increasing number of Nigerian academics have left the nation searching for better opportunities abroad, overtaxing the patriotic ones who are still employed, whose patriotism is declining daily due to inadequate pay and working conditions.

“It is also worthy of note that the union has lost several members during the period under review due to strenuous working conditions, psychological and emotional stress, and diseases related to these conditions. For instance, universities in the Abuja zone have lost 46 members.

“Just two days ago, the union lost an eminent Professor of Fisheries, Johnson Oyero, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, due to his inability to afford a quality medical facility,” Muhammed stated.

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