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Tony Afejuku

University professor, Professor Tony Afejuku, has said that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lost focus and jettisoned the purpose for which the association was formed by the founding fathers.

Afejuku rated the current performance of ASUU very low in comparison with what obtained during the tenures of the union’s founding fathers, saying that ASUU of the days of the likes of Dipo Fasina, Atahiru Jega and Professor Asobie had selfless and genuine ambition in engaging stakeholders, especially the government and university managements on issues affecting its members.

He lamented that such glorious era was gone, saying ASUU should be a team of intellectual intelligentsia who engage government with special interest to fight for members’ cause as lecturers but many of them now simply fight for their partisan, parochial interest. 

The English Professor at the University of Benin, made the remarks while fielding questions from reporters after delivering a lecture at the second combined convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, He urged ASUU at all levels to retrace their steps and refocus its energies on issues that could benefit their members rather than engage in unnecessary bickering with the management of their institutions, warning that the body might lose its relevance unless it avoids partisanship.

FUOYE’s Vice-Chancellor, Kayode Soremekun, who hosted the lecture, said that FUOYE has blazed the trail as the first to be speaking on the issues of Nigeria at sixty.


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