SV: Good Day Comrade Folasade Adepoju
SV: Can we meet you?
My name is Comrade Folasade Adepoju
SV: How long have you been in the union?
I started my Aluta journey as a student of the Bayero University, Kano in the mid-
90s till I graduated in early 2002 and presently the branch chairperson of Academic
Staff Union of Research Institute (ASURI).
SV: What are the things that gives you concern?
The things that gives me concerns are so many, the most traumatic of it all is the
sorry state of Nigeria currently. Corruption, police brutality, insecurity,
unemployment, high crime rate, ritual killings, misinformation/ fake news, gender-
based violence, poverty, Yahoo Yahoo, yahoo+, the list is endless.
Its Five months now that JORAISU has been on strike do you think the
Federal Government is serious about meeting the demands of JORAISU?
Its been 5 months of JORAISU strike. Unfortunately, we have a government that
cares less about her people. Federal Government approach to the strike has been
one of " I don't care". It is only in Nigeria that government institutions (Research
agencies) will be under locks and keys, yet government will look away. I don't
think Government is ready to do anything tangible as regards this strike. This is a
Government that cannot be trusted with anything. It is a government of lies, lies
SV: As a branch leader of ASURI do you think research sector is well funded in
As a branch leader of ASURI in my organisation ( National Library of Nigeria)
and an affiliate of other Research centres in Nigeria, I can tell you that in the area
of funding for research sector, Government has failed woefully. Comrade, it is a
shame that under the COVID-19 pandemic, most Research centres were locked
because they have nothing to fight the scourge. There are Research centres in
Nigeria today with dilapidated laboratory, some without a library.
Take a look at the National Library of Nigeria, the giant memory of the Nation, the
organisation responsible for preserving all intellectual output of the Nation is
housed in a rented apartment, it’s headquarters building, abandoned from
government to government. How do you want Nigeria to progress when research
centres that should drive Nigeria's development and sharpen the innovative
thinking of our youth are left in derelict with unmotivated staff around?
SV: With the present rate of inflation do you agree that is time for Labour leaders to
fight for 100,000 minimum wage?
For Minimum wage, I will propose 200k per month as Minimum wage. The
inflation has eaten deep into the salary of Nigerian workers, that a 5 liters of
Groundnut oil that used to cost 2000 is now 7000, almost everything has doubled/
tripled its price. Increasing Minimum wage ton 200,000 wouldn't be a bad idea at
SV: As 2023 general elections is on the way, what advice do you want to give
As 2023 general election is on the way, my advice to Nigerians workers is:
1. Get your PVC
2. Come out to vote because your votes count.
3. Stay and ensure your vote is counted.
4. Do not vote along religion / tribal line.
5. Educate others about the dangers of voting amiss.