The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has placed a sanction on the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) following a perceived lawlessness and violation of Union rights. It has hereby directed its members in the institution to boycott all academic and allied activities at the school.
This resolution was passed during its National Executive Council meeting in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The NEC during the meeting recognized distinct groups that have emerged in creating and prolonging the crisis at Unilorin. A copy of the sanctions was therefore made available to reporters in Ibadan by Chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole.
The union noted that despite efforts at resolving the crisis in the institution, the management and its sponsored groups were fuelling the crisis, alleging that it forcefully deducts check-off dues without remitting same to the national body.
Omole added that the union also directed its members to boycott all Unilorin-based journals, quarterlies, newsletters, while articles from academic staff of the university will not be accepted by journals for peer review and/or publication in other universities.
He said: “Despite ASUU’s intervention, since 2001, the University of Ilorin administration has persisted in acts of lawlessness, arbitrariness, violation of human and trade union rights, and persecution of loyal members.
“Contrary to the law and despite the ruling of the National Industrial Court, the university has continued to prevent ASUU from functioning on its campus. It has also continued to forcefully collect check-off money from its academic staff without remitting it to the union.
“The union is, therefore, bound to protect the principles of democracy and the exercise of freedom in the academia, and also insist on the right to function through its own accredited representatives”. He concluded.
In other news, Unilorin has begin the distribution of the promised PC tablets to its students who had been made to pay over a year ago. The exercise followed a meeting by the management with the student leaders where a working time table for its distribution was reached.
The management had further sated its commitment in delivering standard and quality education to its students in grand style.
Reference: The Nation.