EKSU knocks ASUU president, demands apology for comments against varsity

The management of Ekiti State University (EKSU) Ado-Ekiti has berated the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, for his alleged derogatory comments about the status of the institution.

Osodeke reportedly used unpleasant words in a televised interview to describe Ekiti State University after its decision to announce the resumption of students for academic activities, despite ongoing union action by the teachers.

The head of EKSU’s Information and Corporate Affairs Directorate, Bode Olofinmuagun, noted in a statement to our correspondent on Friday that the ASUU president’s comments were reckless and unacceptable, and called on him to apologize urgently to the university .

According to him, “EKSU management considers this derogatory comment about some universities from the national president of ASUU as unfortunate, reckless and unjustified.

“Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti is currently the 14th best university in Nigeria out of about 200 universities (Federal, State and Private) and the 2nd best state university according to the recent Webometric University Ranking.

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“Apart from the above, the University (EKSU) has almost all of its academic programs accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and relevant professional regulatory bodies. The university prides itself on having many globally recognized top quality academics, and its alumni are causing a stir both nationally and internationally. By the grace of God, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, the elected governor of Ekiti state is an alumnus and former lecturer at the university.

“Even in ASUU, a number of staff from our university had served and still serve in various capacities at zonal and national levels, including but not limited to Professor Afolabi Popoola, Dr. Sikiru Eniola, Profs. Eddy Olanipekun, Ayan Adeleke and Olu-Olu Olufayo.”

The statement added that “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 Comrade Osodeke is totally unacceptable and reprehensible.

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“The board calls on Professor Osodeke to walk the path of honor by withdrawing the provocative remark and offering an unreserved apology without further delay.”

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