ASUU Chairman Advocates Annual Leave For Lecturers

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin Chapter, Dr Usman Raheem, has advocated that lecturers should be allowed to embark on annual leave.

Raheem, who said this in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday said the leave would enable them take care of their health and general good of the system.

He argued that lecturers should also be granted the leave as their non-teaching counterparts.

The chairman stressed the need for lecturers to have a designated period in a year to rest to be able to recoup their vitality towards attaining the mission and vision of the university.

Raheem based his position on the fact that university teachers often work round the clock throughout the year studying, teaching, mentoring and conducting practical.

He added that they also mark scripts, evaluate theses and dissertations and still engage in one form of research or the other, and sometimes, attending to community services at the risk of their health and personal welfare.

Raheem, who is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, contended that the situation of things, at present, showed that there is clearly no opportunity for him and his colleagues to go on annual leave in view of their multifarious duties.

He said that doing so at the stipulated time, would constitute hindrance to the smooth running of the University system, particularly as it affects their students.

He appealed to the University administration to work out a system that would accommodate lecturers’ annual leave without impacting negatively on the core mandates of the institution.