Beyond academic freedom: the deepening crisis of university governance in Nigeria
The Nigerian University system has been enmeshed in deep Crises. It is a system which academic freedom and social justice has eluded. As a demonstration of its institutional responsibility, the university system has ever since been searching for enviable paths out of the crises culminating in the devotion of substantial portion of her resources to research on university governance. This paper is another light in the tunnel in the continued search for the way out of the Crises. The paper is situated within a theoretical paradigm of embattled trinity linking university governance, Academic Freedom and intellectual responsibility. Drawing illustration from University of Ilorin, the paper finds out that the Nigerian state and University Management have colluded to erode academic freedom in Nigeria and that some elements of decay has internally rocked the rank and file of the intellectuals. This implies that there is a third party to destruction of Academic Freedom in Nigeria and this is typified by ASUU. The paper therefore suggests that ASUU must have to look inward to address its internal contradiction if its determined struggle for freedom must yield dividends. It must also be self-sustaining in terms of funding if it must be out of the cleave of the state as dictated by the nature and character of the state which already lacks autonomy.