ASUU condemns sack of UNILORIN union leader
Group urges FG to honour agreement with body, others
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the authority of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) over the purported sack of its branch chairman, Dr. Kayode Afolayan.
The union, which declared the UNILORIN authority as a terrorist group that must be condemned by all lovers of transparency and good governance, said suppressing genuine whistle-blowers who provided evidences through threat of sack is against the avowed commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fighting corruption.
It, therefore, called on the President to show genuine interest in the corruption going on at UNILORIN and victimisation of citizens committed to fighting corruption.
In a statement yesterday signed by the Zonal Co-ordinator of Ibadan Zone of ASUU, Dr. Ade Adejumo and Chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter of the union, Dr. Deji Omole, the union condemned the purported sack of Afolayan for whistle-blowing about the corruption going on in the university.
The duo noted that it was height of impunity to sack a person whose sin is exposing the ills in the university.
The union also condemned the alleged connivance of institutions of government such as the EFCC, ICPC and Federal Ministry of Education alleged to have turned deaf ears to the petition written against UNILORIN outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, over alleged smuggling of his wife into the institution and promoting her to the rank of senior lecturer against the constitution of the university and other odious corrupt acts.
The ASUU, which called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to wade into the crisis before it balloons into the 2001 sack of 49 lecturers in the university, vowed to resist this unlawful termination of appointment of its chairperson.
In another development, members of Education Rights Campaign (ERC) have urged the Federal Government to comply with whatever conditions attached to the new agreement it entered with ASUU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) to avert future occurrence.
In a statement yesterday co-signed by its National Co-ordinator, Hassan Taiwo Soweto and National Secretary, Ibukun Omole and made available to The Guardian, the group said Nigeria has enough resources to attend to the needs of the associations as well as fund education adequately, saying it will “hold the government responsible if ASUU, SSANU, NASU and NAAT are compelled to embark on another strike as a result of negligence.”
As the leadership of ASUU had warned that the union would immediately resume the strike by the end of October 2017 if the Federal Government fails to fulfill its promises to meet the demands, the group, in this regard, urged the Federal Government to begin preparations towards fulfilling its own part of the agreement before the timeline elapses.
He said: “We, therefore, urge the Federal Government to mobilise the resources required to meet the demands of ASUU, SSANU, NASU and NAAT within the stipulated time to ensure that the academic calendar is not disrupted again.”