Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has stated that suicide rate among undergraduate students of universities and other tertiary institutions are reflections of the general frustration in the society.
The ASUU President said the same reason accounts for the rate in which lecturers are being kidnapped.
Prof. Ogunyemi revealed this in an interview with men of the press, stating that the average Nigerian was under intense pressure, as the atmosphere of instability and insecurity in the country was enough to give individuals tension.
“It is a reflection of the social decadence and insecurity in the country. In a situation where we have a general collapse of these things nobody can pretend to be safe. We cannot remove lectures from other segments of the society because we live in it and universities are located in it.
“We need to first address what we need for survival and provide what people need to meet the challenges of life,” ASUU President stated.
Ogunyemi also added by saying that when lecturers do not have a well conducived environment to work, they cannot perform their other responsibilities that accompany teaching and research.
“Lecturers feel for the students and our hearts go to the families that have lost their loved ones and children, owning to the increasing rate of frustration that led them to take their own lives. This is not the solution, but it will come when we create an enabling environment for both workers and students in the universities.
“When guidance and counsellors are not comfortable and they cannot conveniently carry out their responsibilites, you cannot get the best from them,” Ogunyemi added.
He advised the Federal Government to reposition the country’s security targeted at a framework that includes social, economic and cultural good.