In a fit of vulnerable arrogance, the union is engaging in theatrical bitchiness. 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. 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? Of course, I am aware of the agbero politics currently played by Nigerian politicians, most of them behaving like motor park touts. 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. “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. “We indeed, thank the visitor for standing on the path of truth, due process and autonomy of the Nigerian university system. “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.” 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. 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. As a fallout of the matter, four senior … UNILAG Crisis: Babalakin, ASUU Draws Battle Line . 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. ASUU’s rabble-rousing cannot solve the problem. 0. Reading Time: 3min 0 0. 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). 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… 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. Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:13 am . 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. Whatever message he intended to convey to the Minister was tragically vitiated by the violent and uncouth language deployed in the letter. 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. There are doubts over the Nigerian government’s commitment to “faithfully implement” the agreement it recently reached with the country’s university lecturers. They held a Congress meeting and actually declared again that Babalakin must not step into UNILAG, he will not be welcome. 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 … 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. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. 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. It underlines their freedom to inquire into and test received wisdom even if they are unpopular or controversial or offensive. The union had neither declared a trade dispute against the Council of which Dr. Wale Babalakin is the Chair. It didn’t come. ”We learnt sometimes ago that some people sleep around the library and do you know that half of those … UNILAG Senate, ASUU hold meeting over VC crisis today . PAY ATTENTION: Win a prize of N115,000, N75,000 or N38,000: participate in Big Naija Independence contest by Legit.ng . 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. 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. 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. But ASUU seems unwilling to take the advice. “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. And then they repeated it recently. - 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. 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. 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. UNILAG: Visitation panel, ASUU and the brand. The ASUU-UNILAG Chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru, told The Nation that it was the right step in the right direction. 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. 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 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. 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 called Dr. John Momoh, President of the Alumni Association and Chairman of Channels Television to inform him of what I was working on. If a trade union that is populated by professors and Ph.D holders chooses to behave in a such a ruffianly fashion, the question to ask is “where is their refinement and their sense of propriety?” They ask their undergraduates to be exemplary in character and learning. “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. 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Salami, Dr. Olajide Abbas, Mr. Adebowale Thompson and Senator Dipo Odujirin, among others. He quickly backtracked and apologised to the two men for his primitive behaviour. 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. Two of my children also earned their pips as graduates of that respected institution. 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. The University of Lagos (UNILAG… By Martins Oloja. 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. 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.”. FG vows ASUU will not be given opportunity to go on strike again, Shehu Sani reacts to ASUU’s 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. ASUU is in no position to solve the problem. “Under the guidelines of the University of Lagos, voting is either in secret or open. 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. There does not seem to be an end in sight over the tussle on who becomes the Vice Chancellor, UNiversity of Lagos. “This has put an end to tyranny, authoritarianism and dictatorship which characterised the Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council. The Alumni Intervention Committee has several past presidents of the Alumni Association such as Dr. Sonny Kuku, Dr. Michael Olawale Cole, Dr. M.Y. UNILAG is a public place, not ASUU’s private parlour from which it can arrogantly issue dictatorial directives. That letter, toxic, dripping with violence is the equivalent of a loaded gun that is ready to do what loaded guns do. We agreed to have a secret ballot as they have always had when there are contentious issues. 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. Our union is neither the PRO nor the aluta wing of management. But it is actually university egg-heads that are engaging in such a classical trade union, chauvinist put-down with war-zone ethics. Why should there be a limit to what can be taught in any university? Our universities have lost a substantial part of their academic freedom largely because they are not ready to defend it. University of Lagos . Right? There are so many indigent students who cannot afford to pay their fees here. According to him, the reinstatement is also a step to further boost the government’s effort in restoring peace in the entire university community. 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. 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. UNILAG: ASUU, Governing Council Clash Averted, Meetings Postponed . 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. The violent language employed in our political space seems to take a cue from the physical violence prevalent everywhere every day. That does not represent a trip to Harvard. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 … The group has held two virtual meetings with the two gentlemen. 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. “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. 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