Angry FUOYE lecturers attack ASUU chairman
The crisis rocking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) chapter, has got messier as aggrieved members disrupted a congress organised by the Akure zonal chairman of the union, Prof. Olu Olu.
The angry lecturers insisted that the embattled chairman of the chapter, Dr. Akinyemi Omonijo, should step down before any congress would hold on the campus.
Some minutes before 1pm when the congress was billed to start, the angry ASUU members stormed the venue, rang the bell, made so much noise and chased away the chapter chairman, the zonal chairman and their aides.
The protesters pelted some of the ASUU officials with sachet water and deflated the tyres of some cars brought by the ASUU officials.
A leader of the union, who is also the dean, Faculty of Arts in the university, Dr. Opoola Tajudeen, spoke on the cause of the disruption: “There was to be a congress, but there was no congress because our members felt that the zonal chairman, Prof. Olu Olu, who had already taken sides with the chapter chairman, should not come to foist any congress on us. They insisted that he would not hold any congress when the chairman of our chapter committed impeachable offences.
“There has been a resolution on the ground that the chairman must go.
“Our people really felt bad and demonstrated their grievances. However, there was no casualty. The demands of our members, who insist that they are still part of ASUU, is that the chairman of our branch, Omonijo, should step down because he has committed impeachable offences.
“Our people cannot allow a system where some people from outside would come and lord over us. We have our own internal problems and we should be allowed to solve it internally. Our people want ASUU to move on, but we don’t want Omonijo again.”
The dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Shola Omotola, deplored what he called “an insult to FUOYE ASUU”, that the zonal chairman attempted to organise a congress to be addressed by Dr. Omonijo.
Omonijo has, however, dismissed the impeachment move, describing it as null and void.
He told The Guardian that there was no provision for impeachment in ASUU constitution.
While the protest lasted, the university teachers chanted ‘Omonijo must go’.
Though the protest was conducted in a mature manner, the chief security officer of the university later deployed his men to the scene to maintain peace on the campus.
Few months ago when the crisis was becoming intractable, some members of the union pulled out to join the rival Congress of Nigerian Universities Academic (CONUA).
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