The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has lashed out at some Vice Chancellors of federal and state universities for betraying the union in its bid for better tertiary education in the country.
Reports reveal that while the ASUU strike and negotiation with the Federal Government over structural revitalization in the universities, salary shortfall and earned allowances of university lecturers is ongoing, some universities, including the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), conducted examinations and other academic activities for their students.
ASUU President, while giving updates on the negotiation with the FG, said some states governors pretended to be funding their state universities by calling on the VCs in such schools to disregard ASUU directives on the strike.
“There are many reasons that will account for some universities reopening to conduct examinations, while the strike and negotiation with the government over infrastructural revitalization and other issues are still on.
“Some Vice Chancellors are uncooperative, even though they will spend the money that ASUU is agitating for. Some of them misapplied the fund and that is why we will continue to be in a crisis. When we go back (after the strike), we are going to engage a lot of VCs.
“There are state universities where the governors are playing the ostrich. They do so because they pretend to be funding their universities. On the contrary, when you visit many state universities, you will find that the bulk of their capital projects in the last ten years are funded from TETFUND intervention. We call them TETFUND Universities.
“Lately, some of these infrastructures are built from the NEEDS Assessment grants. Those governors asking the VCs of their state universities to re-open are insincere to the university system. They are not doing what is expected of them.
Ogunyemi said the union was not surprised by the acts of betrayal from some members of the union and the corrupt practices among some VCs and that the necessary disciplinary measures would be applied at the appropriate time.
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