ASUU not letting realistic ― Unilorin SUG

University of Ilorin student union leaders have unanimously said that it is unrealistic to ask the incoming vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Wahab Egbewole, to expel the university branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the lead the union. .

Speaking to the Tribune Online in Ilorin on Thursday, the university’s Students’ Union Government (SUG) chairman Taofeek Waliu Opeyemi said the majority of students wanted the university to leave the teachers’ union because of the strike action. characterized by ASUU membership.

Tribune Online concluded that the University of Ilorin was not part of ASUU for about 20 years after a disagreement between the local branch of the union and the national body, a situation that gave the university a stable academic calendar while outside the ASUU .

“Of course, as a student, I would love to have our stable academic calendar back. That is non-negotiable, especially not as a student and as a student union leader, who represents more than 5,000 students. I believe we should opt out, but the power of opt-out does not lie with the VC. He sits in their meeting as a regular member of ASUU.

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“He doesn’t make decisions for ASUU. Students want the university to opt out of ASUU because they don’t have the background of the situation. Yes, as a student and as a student leader, I will suggest that VC ask the local branch of the union to pull out, which I know is not possible. It’s something I personally would like to happen, but I don’t think it’s realistic.

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“I don’t even think it’s possible to unsubscribe from ASUU. ASUU is an association of teachers. To the extent that you are a federal government staff, you are part of ASUU. What led to ASUU Unilorin allegedly opting out of ASUU was because there was a problem. Not that the university’s local ASUU opted out.

“A few years ago, the university fired about forty lecturers. The Unilorin department invited the national ASUU to come to their aid. The national ASUU did not provide them with the necessary support. So they angrily decided to stop working with the nationwide ASUU. There was an ASUU structure on our campus and we still have it.

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“The outgoing VC, Professor Abdulkareem Age, only intervened or mediated in the longstanding disagreement between the local and national ASUU when he took office about five years ago and it was resolved. It is not the same as saying whether Unilorin was part of ASUU or not. Unless there is another disagreement that causes local Unilorin ASUU to withdraw, we will be part of ASUU.”

Speaking about the students’ expectations of the university’s new VC, the SUG president said the university should invest in transportation to reduce the problems faced by the students.

“Our big challenge at the university is transport. If the new VC manages to solve our transportation problem, he would have solved 60 percent of the university problem. Students queue for hours every day to get into and out of campus,” he said.

He also said the new VC should work on improving the university’s academic standards and stability, rather than what he described as the “rush rush” of the academic calendar.

He called for student-centered academic stability and advocated that students and their leaders be involved in matters related to academic affairs in the university.

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“We do have it, but not really a full representation of students. That’s what we want the new VC to focus on when it comes on board. We also want him to follow the open door policy of his predecessor.”

A former SUG president of the University of Ilorin, Wisdom Oluwaseun, also said he would support the varsity opting out of the ASUU, but was quick to add that the federal government should comply with university demands. teachers in the country to solve the ongoing strikes on campuses.

“It should not be about a selfish view of the issue. Let the federal government do the necessary and find a permanent solution to the problem instead of creating divisions among the universities in Nigeria.”

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