Strike: ASUU president denies calling state universities ‘quack’
The president Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has denied labeling state universities as quacks.
Recall that as of February 14, 2022, there is no academic activity in the country’s public universities due to the ongoing ASUU strike.
Union calls for release of university recovery funds, renegotiation of 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of acquired allowances for university professors, and implementation of a university transparency and accountability solution university (UTAS).
In the course of industrial activity, some public universities, especially those owned by the state government, continued their academic activities, avoiding the ASUU struggle.
Some of these universities include; Ekiti State University, Kwara State University, Osun State University, Kaduna State University, Sokoto State University and others.
However, on Thursday, August 24, 2022, commenting on state universities that has called for the resumption of academic activities despite ongoing industrial action, ASUU President, while featuring on “The Morning Show” by Arise TV said the universities were “quacks”.
Following this comment, the president of ASUU was the subject of strong criticism. But while speaking on Politics Today, Channels TV on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, he denied considering any university in the country a “quack”.
He said, “What I said was very clear. The person in the chair asked me a question that your members in the three colleges dumped you and I gave them that LASU, we have a problem with them because the university fired all the leaders of ASUU in the branch.
“That’s why they don’t go on strike; that in KWASU they weren’t even our members and they weren’t up to standard and in Osun they were punished for breaking our rules and that they are part of the problem.
“That’s exactly what I said and so our union there, doesn’t work very well. That’s why I use that word, they don’t work well. That the universities don’t allow it. I don’t say state universities. Then I mention three universities; Ekiti State University, Kaduna State University and Yobe State University. “In these universities, although the management and the government forced the universities to announce their reopening, our members said they did not teach. That’s exactly the word I used,” he said.
He added, “We are in a place in Nigeria where journalists do everything. My appearance on Arise TV is very clear. It’s no secret.
“When I finished the person, Abati now said, “Do you mean that those do not matter?
And when he used ‘those’, my impression of those ‘those’ were the three universities he mentioned and said yes because they weren’t there. If you don’t do it right, what do you represent as your profession?
“So I’m not talking about public universities, but a media group came and said that the president of ASUU said that the three universities were “quacks”. I never used that word.
“ASUU does not operate universities. Each university can announce its reopening. We did not close the university. In no case did ASUU say universities should close. You can open up and members say they won’t teach. It was a strike.
“In Ekiti, the vice chancellor goes to a meeting on a Saturday, which is not a working day, involving the professor, the Dean and the HOD, which is not a university body, to call for a meeting and announce resumption. It’s the senate of the university that announces resumption.
“It’s the norm, so they need to know what they’re doing is not right. By law, the university senate has the power to announce the reopening, not a committee convened by the VC on Saturday. In some universities, they say they do exams, they just pick up old questions and start sharing questions,” he said.