By Abiola David
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said university professors in Nigeria earn the same salary with him and in some cases, earning more than him on a monthly basis.
Fayemi said he earns N500,000 monthly salary, as a sitting governor stressing that some professors earns more than that in some cases.
The governor described the current strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) as unnecessary.
Fayemi who spoke with journalists in Paris at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s interactive session with Nigerians living in France on Monday said, the Nigeria tertiary institutions had benefited more under the current administration of Buhari than previous administrations.
“ASUU claimed that it is on strike because it wants improvement in the fortunes of education in Nigeria and that government has not lived up to expectations.
“I make bold to say that no government has done as much as this government has done — not just for ASUU, but also for tertiary education in our country.
“A university professor earns more than me as a governor. My salary as a governor is N500,000. Most university professors earn about the same amount, if not more.
“Yes, you may argue that there are other opportunities available, there are also other opportunities that are available that are not being taken advantage of by our academics.
“That, again, is not the complete solution,” he said.