The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) branch of ASUU last week made a bold statement when it decided to pull of the national body citing several reasons for the resolve.
The decision by the OAU branch to pull out of ASUU is generating ripples among members in the Nigerian university system.
This is the first time a branch of ASUU has taken such decision. Investigations revealed that the national body gets 61 per cent of check off dues from each branch.
The crack started surfacing around 2016 during the election of a new vice chancellor which was later cancelled by the federal government for non-compliance with the guidelines.
OAU CONGRESS RESOLUTION
The decision to pull out of ASUU by the OAU branch was reached at a congress held on February 12, which also rejected the resolutions of ASUU NEC meeting on the face-off between it and the parent body over internal crisis.
Investigations by The Education Report uncovered that at the start of the face-off with ASUU national, over 732 OAU academic staff out of a total of 1,371 in 2017 wrote the VC to stop payment of their check off dues to the national body in protest against the way it handled the internal crisis.
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The resolutions of the congress signed by the chairman, Caretaker Committee, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu gave reasons why the branch decided to pull and form a new union includes, the unilateral removal of the elected treasurer by the ASUU national president and also the alleged transfer of N11m from OAU branch account to ASUU national account.
Sunmonu gave a report of the events that led to the present state of affairs, which indicated that Dr. Aborisade failed to represent the view of the congress in the 2016 VC selection process leading to a decision by the congress directing him to repudiate his submission declaring the selection process “free, fair, credible, and transparent” and failed to repudiate that submission as directed by the congress till today.
The resolution revealed that ASUU NEC constituted the Osodeke visitation committee to the OAU to investigate circumstances leading to the suspension of the VC selection process and also the dissolution of the university governing council by the federal government.
‘’Contrary to the views of most of the ASUU OAU members, the committee concluded that the council of OAU followed the process to conclusion and that the cancellation of the entire process was wrong and condemned by ASUU. This report was widely circulated in national dailies shortly after its presentation to ASUU NEC.
‘’At a congress called by the Aborisade executive on Thursday, October 20, 2016, after discussing the substantive matter, congress demanded to know how the report of the Osodeke visitation committee got to the press, and whether that report reflected the views of ASUU NEC. Rather than address the matter, the presiding officers abruptly abandoned the congress midstream. Congress subsequently resolved to conclude the meeting and since there was no constitutional provision to deal with such matter, congress in its wisdom nominated a three-man Caretaker Committee to steer the affairs of the union in the interim,” he stated.
According to him, the congress opposed the removal of the duly elected treasurer and transfer of N11m prompted majority of members to request that their check off dues deduction to ASUU national be stopped.
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