The ASUU-UNILAG Chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru, told The Nation that it was the right step in the right direction. “As a responsible Council, we will not engage ASUU, University of Lagos branch on issues that are beyond its duties, powers and responsibilities under the laws of Nigeria. That is why it is the university of first choice for many students who want a place where they can study and graduate with minimum disruption to the calendar of their lives. However, the redeeming feature is that a sane voice has spoken out in condemnation of what Dr Ashiru and his officials have done. Why should there be a limit to what can be taught in any university? That letter, toxic, dripping with violence is the equivalent of a loaded gun that is ready to do what loaded guns do. As the students and faculty members from different climes and cultures mixed and mingled we had the feeling of being groomed in a setting with positive universal values including universally cherished freedoms. Our union is neither the PRO nor the aluta wing of management. When you deprive someone of freedom you invariably deprive yourself of it too because you have lost the freedom to speak in defence of your own freedom. He told me that a committee of the Alumni Association was sinking its teeth into the matter and he would like me to join the committee, a suggestion I readily accepted. READ ALSO No going back in rejection of VC’s removal - Unilag ASUU ”That is what we are saying; support us in terms of project, support us in terms of picking a programme and in terms of picking a person. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. - Among persons and groups that have commented on the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari is ASUU - The UNILAG chapter of the union hailed the president's resolve which it described as a victory for the rule of law. The national body of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday, rejected the removal of Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG). There was also a general directive for lecturers not to teach what they are not paid to teach. Is it ASUU’s desire to inject chaos into a crisis that is already threatening to dent the reputation of that eminent institution? The unions involved in the meeting are the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU, the Thursday 13 August 2020 / 10:46 pm Home And then they repeated it recently. It underlines their freedom to inquire into and test received wisdom even if they are unpopular or controversial or offensive. UNILAG' s Registrar and Secretary to Council, Oladejo Azeez, said that ASUU has clearly shown that it was a group that did not adhere to the Constitution of Nigeria or the Trade Union law, which it was a part of. UNILAG is a public place, not ASUU’s private parlour from which it can arrogantly issue dictatorial directives. They even told one of the universities, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria which seemed to have a surfeit of socialist intellectuals not to teach socialism. With the lingering strike between ASUU and FG, we believe it’s pertinent to combine a list of universities not under ASUU. By Martins Oloja. In the same manner, the ASUU leadership in Unilag that seeks to take away the freedom of the Pro-Chancellor seems unable to understand that what goes around comes around. If it is interested in seeing the matter resolved for the benefit of all, then it should allow the Alumni Intervention Committee to work on a resolution of the issues without distraction. If the UNILAG students union exhibited that kind of linguistic violence it probably would be understandable though not excusable. Based on the development, ASUU, UNILAG chapter under the leadership of Dr Dele Ashiru, held a Congress where Babalakin was declared unwelcomed on campus. Their manner of presenting whatever are their grievances may not be their worst sin. According to him, the reinstatement is also a step to further boost the government’s effort in restoring peace in the entire university community. “As a responsible Council, we will not engage ASUU, University of Lagos branch on issues that are beyond its duties, powers and responsibilities under the laws of Nigeria. They had no idea that there is no free lunch and that they were mortgaging their academic freedom in the process. UNILAG is a public place, not ASUU’s private parlour from which it can arrogantly issue dictatorial directives. The question is: Is the gutter the grooming ground for trade unionists including those that have professors as members or is trade unionism not possible without the use of toxic and violent language? There are doubts over the Nigerian government’s commitment to “faithfully implement” the agreement it recently reached with the country’s university lecturers. “As a responsible council, we will not engage ASUU UNILAG on issues that are beyond its duties, powers and responsibilities under the laws of Nigeria,” he said. ASUU is in no position to solve the problem. They held a Congress meeting and actually declared again that Babalakin must not step into UNILAG, he will not be welcome. December 24, 2020. UNILAG Crisis: Babalakin, ASUU Draws Battle Line . However, the list is to serve as enlightenment to Nigerian students on alternative Universities to attend. During our many years of military rule, some of the military dictators had actually put road blocks on the path to the attainment of a large measure of academic freedom. But ASUU seems unwilling to take the advice. We went that low but analysts blamed this on the sycophancy of many university professors who were crawling and hustling at the corridors of power, begging to be crowned Vice Chancellors. University of Lagos . Salami, Dr. Olajide Abbas, Mr. Adebowale Thompson and Senator Dipo Odujirin, among others. He asked: “Where is collective bargaining, dialogue, mediation, arbitration or even lobbying.” He warned that the union was “gradually sliding into functional irrelevance and soon our views will neither be sought nor matter anymore going forward.” Very wise words from a concerned elder who thinks that the union is probably acting in a partisan manner that will not serve the cause of reconciliation. UNILAG: Visitation panel, ASUU and the brand. Whatever message he intended to convey to the Minister was tragically vitiated by the violent and uncouth language deployed in the letter. 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However, a statement by the Registrar, Mr. Oladejo Azeez, made available to our correspondent on Sunday night, decried the proposed action by ASUU and wanted against a breach of peace on … There does not seem to be an end in sight over the tussle on who becomes the Vice Chancellor, UNiversity of Lagos. “It feels glorious and I want to thank the visitor to the university, President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, for this very historic intervention. The worst is the inane declaration of the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Babalakin a persona non grata on the campus of UNILAG, a campus that does not belong to ASUU. Eventhough the official designation was Administrator the job content was that of a Vice Chancellor. The crisis rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has taken another dimension as the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has threatened to bar the chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalakin, from gaining entrance into the campus. 0. The University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter of the the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the suspension of the institution’s 51st convocation. When I first read it some months ago I thought it could not be true so I waited for a refutal from ASUU. In the unlikely event that the union is able to illegally stop Dr. Babalakin from setting foot on the UNILAG campus how will that solve the problem? The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter, has lauded the Federal Government for reinstating Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor of the university. Of course, I am aware of the agbero politics currently played by Nigerian politicians, most of them behaving like motor park touts. The violent language employed in our political space seems to take a cue from the physical violence prevalent everywhere every day. I am aware that the Alumni Intervention Committee has appealed to ASUU and NASU, the two trade unions in the university, to maintain neutrality in the matter and avoid a situation that is capable of worsening the crisis. The emergency Congress of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the University of Lagos, UNILAG Branch and the meeting of the Governing Council of the institution earlier scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, averting a possible clash between the two groups. Throughout the period that I was a student there we never had the episode of bunched-up convocation ceremonies because there was no reason for it. That does not represent a trip to Harvard. The two men were gracious enough to grant me audience during which they also willingly gave me some documents on the issues in contention. While Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, was said to have been removed, a statement came out yesterday insisting that it was null and void. We agreed to have a secret ballot as they have always had when there are contentious issues. UNILAG Senate, ASUU hold meeting over VC crisis today . We enjoyed the cosy ambience of the university which was peopled by students and lecturers, black and white, from various countries. But it is actually university egg-heads that are engaging in such a classical trade union, chauvinist put-down with war-zone ethics. The University of Lagos (UNILAG… I have seen a letter dated May 2, 2019 written by the Chairman of the Unilag branch of ASUU, Dr. Dele Ashiru to the Minister of Education. 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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has reacted to threat by the local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to disrupt the Governing Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 15th July 2020, according to a statement on Sunday by Oladejo Azeez Esq, Registrar and Secretary to … It didn’t come. ASUU’s leadership should have learnt a lesson from what happened a few months ago to the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. David Umahi who was whipped hard with the koboko of public opinion when he declared two journalists persona non grata. Right? The University of Lagos aka UNILAG is a much-respected institution of higher learning in Nigeria. Ndukaeze Nwabueze, Professor of Sociology in the University issued a statement in which he said that the UNILAG ASUU leadership “are behaving like misguided students union officials.” In the statement issued on July 15, Nwabueze said: “ASUU UNILAG has no constitutionally defined standing in the misunderstanding between the Pro-Chancellor and the Management of the University of Lagos. Were all the professors of law in that university on vacation abroad, that they could not tell the misguided unionists that freedom of movement in Nigeria is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution. I Don’t Believe Nigerian Government Will Implement Agreement, ASUU’s Unilag Chairman Says. The management of University of Lagos (UNILAG) has reacted to the threat to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Wale Babalakin by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). I believe that it is also part of the unwritten mandate of universities to defend freedom for the society generally because of their superior interaction with knowledge. The UNILAG Chairman of ASUU, Dr. Dele Ashiru, had in a statement last week said Babalakin would not be welcomed on campus and both have set Wednesday for their activities on the same campus. “Under the guidelines of the University of Lagos, voting is either in secret or open. UNILAG: ASUU, Governing Council Clash Averted, Meetings Postponed . ”We learnt sometimes ago that some people sleep around the library and do you know that half of those … UNIlAG: VC hire, fire not your sole right - ASUU blasts Babalakin Ogundipe is UNILAG VC - Senate, ASUU, others want Babalakin-led council sacked Related Topics: ASUU Ogundipe UNILAG There are so many indigent students who cannot afford to pay their fees here. Once you got in you knew from your entry date when your exit date would be, when your parents would feel proud that you now had a few important letters behind your name as a happy inductee into the privileged club of the educated elite. I decided to meet the two officials who are also eminent alumni of the university and see if they would let me work with other alumni to get whatever was the matter resolved. The union’s Chairman, Dr Dele Ashiru, who gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday said the reinstatement of the vice-chancellor is a huge relief, NAN reports. Two of my children also earned their pips as graduates of that respected institution. It is the first university to get a radio station and the only one in the country so far to get a television station for the training of its mass communication students: My two degrees in mass communication have an admirable stamp of approval from there. 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