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AFCON: I need 5 months salary for flight ticket to Ivory Coast — Nigeria law professor laments

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Joy Ezeilo, a law professor, has bemoaned the hike in flight ticket to Ivory Coast, noting that she was surprised after her travel agent of over 20 years told her the price of the ticket is estimated at over N2.1m.

She disclosed this in a post on her official X handle on Saturday, February 10.

Ezeilo stated that she dreamt of watching the final match of the African Cup of Nations live where the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be meeting the Elephants of Ivory Coast on Sunday, February 11.

She noted that she would need to save five months of her salary as a Professor of Law on the last professional step to buy one return ticket to a West African country.

She wrote, “I am dreaming of watching AFCON 2024 live, and I enquired about flights to Abidjan to watch our Super Eagles play in the final. I believed that Ivory Coast being so close (an hour and 35 minutes) wouldn’t cost me too much.

“However, my travel agent of over 20 years sent me a price quotation of N2,183,000.00 which was a huge shock.

“I did the maths and realised I would need to save my five months’ salary as a Professor of Law on the last professional step to buy one return ticket to a West African country. This is a sad reflection of our current economic realities.

“Please refrain from attempting to convert to US dollars- it’s extremely depressing and demystifying of a full professor position. This will push the resolve of brilliant young ones we’re training and mentoring to take over from us farther away from the classrooms to becoming political aspirants/election delegates.

“My alternative plan is to cut down on expenses. I have recharged my DSTV for N19,800, and I plan to buy 20 litres of fuel to generate power because we didn’t have electricity during the semi-finals.

“The match is a must-watch for me as it will be a breath of fresh air and a chance for me to forget about Nigeria’s many woes.

‘I want to make a public notice for those asking for help that I have been posting that we haven’t been paid. Kindly note that my salary, which I received yesterday, has been mortgaged in arrears.

“Please be patient, and let’s hope we get the eight-month arrears from the ASUU strike or that NLC and FGN reach a new deal that will increase my wage. The struggle continues! Good luck to our Super Eagles! You’re in my thoughts and prayers!.”

 

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