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#Strike: ASUU President Denies Calling State Universities ‘Quacks’

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The president Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has denied labeling state universities as quacks.

Recall, that since February 14, 2022, there have been no academic activities in public universities in the country due to the ongoing ASUU strike.

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

During the course of the industrial actions, some public universities, especially those owned by the state government continue their academic activities, shunning the ASUU struggle.

Some of these universities include; Ekiti State Univerisity, Kwara State Univerity, Osun State University, Kaduna State University, Sokoto State University, among others.

However, on Thursday, August 24, 2022, commenting on the state universities that have called for the resumption of academic activities despite the ongoing industrial action, ASUU president, while featuring on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show said those universities are ‘quacks’.

Following the comment, the ASUU president has fallen under heavy criticism. But while speaking on Politics Today, Channels TV on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, monitored by Headlinenews.news Correspondent, he denied addressing any university in the country as a quack.

He said, “What I said was very clear. The person on the seat asked me a question your members in three universities have abandoned you and I gave them that LASU, we have a problem with them because the universities sacked all the leaders of ASUU in the branch.

“That’s why they are not on strike; that in KWASU they are not even our members yet and they are not meeting the standard and that in Osun they were punished for breaking our strike and they are all part of the problem.

“That’s exactly what I said and therefore our union there is not running well. That’s why I used that word, they are not running well. That the universities are not allowing our union to run well. I didn’t say state universities. Then I mentioned three again; Ekiti State University, Kaduna State University and Yobe State University.

“In those universities, although the management and the government have forced universities to announce resumption, our members said they are not teaching. That’s what I said at those three universities, but I’m surprised that they are busy writing all sorts of things. That’s exactly the word I used,” he said.

He further stated “We are in a place in Nigeria where journalism people do all sorts of things. My appearance on Arise TV was very clear. It wasn’t a secret.

“When I finished the person, Abati now said, “Do you mean that those do not matter?

And when he used ‘those,’ my impression of those ‘those’ are those three universities he mentioned and said yes because they are not there. If you are not doing what is correct, what do you represent in your profession?

“So, I didn’t say state universities but a group of the media have gone to say that the President of ASUU says three universities are quacks. I never used that word.

“ASUU does not run universities. Every university can announce its resumption. We didn’t close universities. No instance where ASUU said universities should close down. You can be open and members say they will not teach. That’s a strike.

“In Ekiti, the vice chancellor went to call a meeting on Saturday, it’s not a working day, connected with the lecturers, the deans and HODs, that body is not an organ of a university anywhere, to call for a meeting and announce resumption. It’s the senate of the university that announces resumption.

“That is the standard, so they should know that what they are doing is not correct. It’s the senate of the university that has the right by the law to announce resumption, not a committee called on a Saturday by VC. In some universities they say they are doing exams, they just pick old questions and start sharing questions,” he said.

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