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FUOYE lecturers give zonal ASUU ultimatum to retract statement

University lecturers, under the aegis of the Congress of Universities Academics (CONUA), at the weekend, urged the management of various public universities in the country to immediately recall students back to campus for academic activities.

The CONUA, which said its members in various universities were not on strike, said that they were ready to teach as soon as students resume. National Secretary of CONUA, Dr. Henry Oripeloye, who spoke at a press briefing at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), said: “We reject claims that we are members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). We are independent union on university campuses.

“We commend the National University Commission (NUC) for directing the opening of universities nationwide.

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“We want our universities to be reopened so that they will not be left behind in the scheme of things.”

The Obafemi Awolowo University don, who said CONUA believes in constructive engagement with government rather than strike, added: “We don’t know anything about University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS); we believe in interaction with government to drive home our request.”

The CONUA challenged the ASUU to call the congress of its members to test its popularity, noting that, “it is only popular on the pages of newspapers.”It, however, said that it had no conflict with ASUU but that the two unions only differ in terms of philosophy and ideology.

MEANWHILE, CONUA FUOYE branch has given the Akure Zonal ASUU 14-day ultimatum to either retract or proof the allegation that it has secret pact within the management of the institution.

The Convener of CONUA, Ayodeji Ige, who spoke while briefing newsmen at the weekend at Oye-Ekiti, said that the union’s legal counsel had been instructed to write the zonal ASUU leadership to substantiate its claims or be ready to face legal action.

“You will recall a publication that went viral on social media via a national daily on October 20, 2020 where the co-ordinator of ASUU Akure Zone told the world that CONUA had a secret pact with FUOYE management.

“This damaging statement constitutes a campaign of calumny against CONUA. We, therefore, strongly frown at it.” Ige alleged that the Akure zonal ASUU was making such damaging remarks because, “we have adopted approach that is different from that of ASUU.”

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