Since the Academic Staff Union of Universities started its nationwide strike on the 5th of November 2018, not less than six public universities have pulled out of the ongoing strike.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while reacting to the development and the disunity among members, said the universities that pulled out of the strike due to pressure from their Vice Chancellors or Governing Councils, would regret their actions in the future.
“Those universities perceived as pulling out are certainly not against what we are asking for. Our members are in institutions like the Obafemi Awolowo University, which decided to work against us and deliberately sabotaged our efforts to reposition the universities.
“Those who said they do not agree with us are not against the funds for revitalization that we are demanding. They are not against academic allowances or the payments of shortfalls that we ask for. They are not against fixing our universities.
“A lot of factors have to be considered when we talk about some universities pulling out. It is not that they actually mean to do so. Some intervening forces or variables may be at work. There are cases where vice chancellors are overzealous, although they will be the greatest beneficiaries of what we are asking for. Some institutions were compelled by their governing councils to resume academic activities. In other situations, some governors or vice chancellors deliberately created problem for us.
“Those vice chancellors usually end up regretting their actions, but that does not stop us from resorting to our in-house procedure in dealing with chapters that pull out of national strikes. They will all be subjected to our in-house procedures,” Ogunyemi stated.
The ASUU President also said that ninety percent of the union’s members were still in support of the strike and they were not bothered about chapters that pulled out.
“Over 90 percent of our members are still together and that is good enough for us because what we are doing now is a movement and those who fail to participate will regret their actions,” he added.