Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti Section of the Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU), has spoken out against the decision of the institution’s management, calling for the resumption of academic activities.
Last Monday, EKSU Vice-Chancellor Edward Olanipekun called on the university to resume academic activities despite the current ASUU strike.
Since February, institutions across the country have been closed due to the ASUU strike, which has turned into a full and indefinite strike.
Mr. Olanipekun continued, “This was a decision made by stakeholders regarding the effect of the prolonged strike on the institution, and our position regarding our determination to return to work and restore normality has been made public.” .
Although non-academic employees and some students were present at the school on Monday, teachers stayed away as per the mandate.
The teachers determined at their convention on Wednesday that the administration’s attempt to reopen the school was ineffective, since they would only return to work by order of the ASUU National Executive Committee.
According to a statement released after the congress and made available to our reporter, the congress sought to inform members of the NEC’s decision to call an indefinite strike and assess the situation at EKSU.
In a statement, ASUU President Kayode Arogundade said, “EKSU’s unique problems are not new to any of us and they predate our current problems.”
“As such, a demand to restart university activities amid nationwide action reflects an effort to criminalize ASUU’s battles, as well as a transparent deception that EKSU is not a beneficiary. key to prior statewide fighting,” the authors write.
In order to achieve this goal, it was decided that the administration of the University (EKSU) should treat ASUU with the same respect as other sister unions before the end of their company-wide strike action. state and stop behaving as if the union was irrelevant to the functioning. of the system.
Absent a mandate from the NEC, the ASUU-EKSU is a very powerful branch of the ASUU and will not yield to any kind of blackmail or coercion to end the current dispute.