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ASUU Fires Back at AAUA VC over Comments on Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has responded to remarks by the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University,Akungba Akoko,Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun over the ongoing industrial action by the union.

ASUU three weeks ago declared an indefinite strike over what they describedas  government’s insensitivity to university education in the country.

Prof.Ajibefun while speaking with journalists on Monday ahead of the Institution’s convocation ceremony  frowned at incessant strike by the lecturers which he said had crippled universities and made academic calendar unstable.

While saying that ASUU had fundamental right to embark on strike to demand improved funding of education, the vice Chancellor said the union should device another method of agitation as strike had failed to achieve favourable result.

According to him, all stakeholders in education should come together and find better ways of funding education as government alone had no capacity to fund education.

But,Dr. Sola Fayose ,ASUU-AAUA chairman on Tuesday described comments from Prof. Ajibefun as unfortunate, adding that he had benefited from strikes embarked upon by the union.

The ASUU chairman revealed that the university received N1.5 billion Needs Assessment following the union’s strike in 2013, which he said the VC benefited.

” If the Vice Chancellor said strike is not yielding results ,we should ask him the ones that have been achieved in AAUA ,why can’t he reject it.

“The last strike of the union in 2013 gave the school N1.5 billion from Needs Assessment , which himself used as vice Chancellor not the union.If he is now saying the strike is not yielding results ,we should ask him as a member of the union to provide another alternative.

“If he is benefitting from the struggle of the union and he is coming out to condemn it ,it is very unfortunate, the kind of members will have in ASUU,” he said in an interview with our correspondent.

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