The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has rejected an order from the management of the institution for the resumption of academic activities.
The president of the union, Dr. However, Kayode Arogundade, who made the announcement Friday, said the university’s registrar, Ife Oluwole, was free to reopen the university he closed after the union action.
Arogundade, speaking in response to a statement from the Registrar on Wednesday ordering new students for the 2021/2022 session to resume Monday for screening, registration and orientation programs and directing the striking workers to resume, said EKSU-ASUU was not part of the school’s resumption mission.
He said: “As far as we are concerned, we are still on strike. We have just finished our Congress. We are not comfortable with the federal government’s position. We have communicated our resolutions at Congress to our national agency .
“We have not sent any students home. It was the clerk who sent the students home. The person who sent the students home can ask them to come back. So he asked the students he sent home to resume, I don’t think anyone heard me say my members should resume.”
Meanwhile, the management of the university, in a statement from the head, directorate of information, Bode Olofinmuagun, on Friday titled: “EKSU not a quack university: statement by the ASUU president, reckless,” criticized the ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke. , for referring to some state universities as quacks and saying the derogatory comment was “unfortunate, reckless and unwarranted.”
Osodeke had in an interview on Stand on TV Thursday described some public universities that were not part of the strike as quacks.
Olofinmuagun, who said almost all of the EKSU’s academic programs are accredited by the National Universities Commission and relevant professional regulatory bodies, said the university “is currently the 14th best university in Nigeria out of about 200 universities and the second best state university according to the recent Webometric ranking of universities”.
“Therefore, categorizing EKSU as one of the quack and irrelevant universities is a testament to the fact that the ASUU president is likely to be unaware and/or devoid of ideas. This outright nonsense from Osodeke is totally unacceptable and reprehensible.
“The management calls on Professor Osodeke to walk the path of honor by withdrawing the provocative comment and offering an unreserved apology without further delay,” the university added.
Likewise, while condemning ASUU’s comment, Osun State University Vice Chancellor Prof. Clement Adebooye called on the union president to guard his utterances.
Adeboye said: “We object to Osodeke’s statement calling UNIOSUN as a quack school. This university has the profile that it has done what other universities have not done in 14 years of its existence. This university has 481 full-time academic staff, of which 387 are PhD holders. Osodeke should not be sloppy with comments; he is just a Nigerian. He shouldn’t talk about what he doesn’t know. A real professor speaks with facts, which he has not done. He should have an education.