The group has held two virtual meetings with the two gentlemen. There are doubts over the Nigerian government’s commitment to “faithfully implement” the agreement it recently reached with the country’s university lecturers. Our universities have lost a substantial part of their academic freedom largely because they are not ready to defend it. While Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, was said to have been removed, a statement came out yesterday insisting that it was null and void. 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. By Sahel Standard Magazine August 15, 2020 176 No comment. Universities Not Under ASUU:- The main reason for researching and publishing this article, is to provide information about the list of Universities that are not under ASUU. As a fallout of the matter, four senior … I called Dr. John Momoh, President of the Alumni Association and Chairman of Channels Television to inform him of what I was working on. But ASUU seems unwilling to take the advice. The Alumni Intervention Committee is determined to get the matter resolved amicably but that process can be muddied by parties that choose to take partisan positions. 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. 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. When I learnt of the altercation between the Vice Chancellor Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin which led to the suspension of the University’s convocation ceremony I thought something was grossly wrong. I Don’t Believe Nigerian Government Will Implement Agreement, ASUU’s Unilag Chairman Says. 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. âWe indeed, thank the visitor for standing on the path of truth, due process and autonomy of the Nigerian university system. âIt is our conviction that this decision by the government will return our great university to the path of peace, progress and scholarly excellence for which the university is renowned,ââ he said. UNILAG: ASUU, Governing Council Clash Averted, Meetings Postponed . 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. 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. The violent language employed in our political space seems to take a cue from the physical violence prevalent everywhere every day. If the UNILAG students union exhibited that kind of linguistic violence it probably would be understandable though not excusable. 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 … 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. 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. Two of my children also earned their pips as graduates of that respected institution. There was also a general directive for lecturers not to teach what they are not paid to teach. UNILAG Senate, ASUU hold meeting over VC crisis today . That does not represent a trip to Harvard. In the early 70s when I was there students from other institutions, used to deride us with the expression “Eko for show” meaning that we were probably famous for showiness and flamboyance eventhough we were not wanting in the academic arena. - 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 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 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. Obviously, ASUU, University of Lagos Chapter has shown clearly that it is a group that does not adhere to the Constitution of Nigeria or the Trade Union law which it is a part of." So for me UNILAG is our family’s university because three of us, my children and I are tied to the UNILAG metaphorical unbiblical cord: That is an unbiblical cord that will never be cut. It didn’t come. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. “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. 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). Obviously, ASUU, University of Lagos Chapter has shown clearly that it is a group that does not adhere to the Constitution of Nigeria or the Trade Union law which it is a part of. âIt 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. This article will also entails the list of Federal Universities, State University and Private University in Nigeria that doesn’t take part in ASUU … 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. ASUU’s rabble-rousing cannot solve the problem. We agreed to have a secret ballot as they have always had when there are contentious issues. 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. 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. Academic freedom is the path of liberation for students and faculty. I availed the committee of the information I got from both parties. When I first read it some months ago I thought it could not be true so I waited for a refutal from ASUU. 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? Whatever message he intended to convey to the Minister was tragically vitiated by the violent and uncouth language deployed in the letter. They held a Congress meeting and actually declared again that Babalakin must not step into UNILAG, he will not be welcome. With the lingering strike between ASUU and FG, we believe it’s pertinent to combine a list of universities not under ASUU. UNILAG Crisis: Babalakin, ASUU Draws Battle Line . 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. Remembering Ajibola Ige — An ecumenical spirit, Zulum and his professors in local government, Niger stages historic elections despite jihadist attacks, Thousands without power, planes delayed as storm Bella lashes France, Nigeria women affairs minister tests positive to COVID19, Seven dead after knife attack in northeastern China, Nigeria should avoid another COVID-19 lockdown in 2021, Three killed, three wounded in Illinois shooting. 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. If they themselves are only exemplary in learning where is the exemplariness in their own character? 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. Is it ASUU’s desire to inject chaos into a crisis that is already threatening to dent the reputation of that eminent institution? But it is actually university egg-heads that are engaging in such a classical trade union, chauvinist put-down with war-zone ethics. Of course, I am aware of the agbero politics currently played by Nigerian politicians, most of them behaving like motor park touts. They had no idea that there is no free lunch and that they were mortgaging their academic freedom in the process. Contrary to a widespread report by a social media outfit that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is in a crucial meeting, on Monday, at University of Lagos(UNILAG) Akoka, to decide whether they would call off their ongoing nine-month strike, the union has debunked the report, describing it… He quickly backtracked and apologised to the two men for his primitive behaviour. 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. To be sure, UNILAG is a public space that belongs to all Nigerians and no one, not even the Visitor President Muhammadu Buhari, can declare anyone persona non grata. The Alumni Intervention Committee has several past presidents of the Alumni Association such as Dr. Sonny Kuku, Dr. Michael Olawale Cole, Dr. M.Y. The University of Lagos aka UNILAG is a much-respected institution of higher learning in Nigeria. And then they repeated it recently. UNILAG has been embroiled in a union and leadership crisis with ASUU, the Governing Council, Babalakin and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities at the centre. Eventhough the official designation was Administrator the job content was that of a Vice Chancellor. 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. We enjoyed the cosy ambience of the university which was peopled by students and lecturers, black and white, from various countries. 0. 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. When the Council attempted to hold a meeting a few weeks ago, ASUU also fixed its congress for the foyer of the Council Chambers and the Council called off it’s meeting due to that. That letter, toxic, dripping with violence is the equivalent of a loaded gun that is ready to do what loaded guns do. 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 Based on the development, ASUU, UNILAG chapter under the leadership of Dr Dele Ashiru, held a Congress where Babalakin was declared unwelcomed on campus. To enable commenting and other interactive features, please switch to the more advanced . 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. 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. It underlines their freedom to inquire into and test received wisdom even if they are unpopular or controversial or offensive. The two men were gracious enough to grant me audience during which they also willingly gave me some documents on the issues in contention. 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 We are linked together, mother and children forever. In a fit of vulnerable arrogance, the union is engaging in theatrical bitchiness. 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. Their manner of presenting whatever are their grievances may not be their worst sin. That is the equivalent of pouring petrol in the fire. The union had neither declared a trade dispute against the Council of which Dr. Wale Babalakin is the Chair. 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). “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. 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. Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:13 am . “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. However, the redeeming feature is that a sane voice has spoken out in condemnation of what Dr Ashiru and his officials have done. PAY ATTENTION: Win a prize of N115,000, N75,000 or N38,000: participate in Big Naija Independence contest by Legit.ng . There does not seem to be an end in sight over the tussle on who becomes the Vice Chancellor, UNiversity of Lagos. On the other hand, management, to the best of my knowledge, has not declared inability to state its own side of the dispute if a conducive dispute settlement atmosphere was to be provided for that purpose.” Nwabueze who says he has been a member of the union for 37 years chided the union for going on the war path on the slightest provocation. “Under the guidelines of the University of Lagos, voting is either in secret or open. 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. 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. December 24, 2020. 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? “We therefore advice all law abiding Nigerians to discountenance the action of the leadership of ASUU, University of Lagos branch and go about their legitimate duties as they will be protected under the laws of the federation.” Why should there be a limit to what can be taught in any university? 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. It was reported that ASUU recently threatened a showdown with the University of Lagos, if its Pro-Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin, should visit the institution. The most ridiculous part of the threat to academic freedom was the appointment of a Major General, Mamman Kontagora as the Vice Chancellor of ABU. Salami, Dr. Olajide Abbas, Mr. Adebowale Thompson and Senator Dipo Odujirin, among others. 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. 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 … âThis has put an end to tyranny, authoritarianism and dictatorship which characterised the Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council. UNILAG is a public place, not ASUU’s private parlour from which it can arrogantly issue dictatorial directives. UNILAG: Visitation panel, ASUU and the brand. 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. Right? UNILAG is a public place, not ASUU’s private parlour from which it can arrogantly issue dictatorial directives. FG vows ASUU will not be given opportunity to go on strike again, Shehu Sani reacts to ASUUâs termination of nine months strike, UNILAG VC, Ogundipe resumes work after reinstatement, Unilag crisis: CACOL kicks against removal of Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ogundipe, UNILAG VC Ogundipe rubbishes sack by governing council, UNILAG: Buhari orders VC Ogundipe, Wale Babalakin to step aside, UNIlAG: VC hire, fire not your sole right - ASUU blasts Babalakin, Ogundipe is UNILAG VC - Senate, ASUU, others want Babalakin-led council sacked. However, the list is to serve as enlightenment to Nigerian students on alternative Universities to attend. The official said the UNILAG chapter has shown that it is a group that does not adhere to the Constitution of Nigeria or the Trade Union law which it is a part of. According to him, the reinstatement is also a step to further boost the governmentâs effort in restoring peace in the entire university community. In the letter the chairman complained about the Pro-Chancellor’s alleged “anti-academic, anti-intellectual, authoritarian, Gestapo and fascist behaviour” which according to him “represents present and future threat to peace, law and order and unhindered academic pursuit by staff and students of this great university.”. ASUU is in no position to solve the problem. Our union is neither the PRO nor the aluta wing of management. The unionâs 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. University of Lagos . The University of Lagos (UNILAG… ”We learnt sometimes ago that some people sleep around the library and do you know that half of those … 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. Reading Time: 3min 0 0. The ASUU-UNILAG Chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru, told The Nation that it was the right step in the right direction. By Martins Oloja. 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