Strike: ASUU blows hot, asks members to boycott UI convocation

Strike: ASUU blows hot, asks members to boycott UI convocation

- The ASUU says none of its members should attend the convocation ceremony of the University of Ibadan.

- The chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, made the pronouncement in Ibadan on Tuesday, November 10

- Akinwole noted that it is against the principle of the ongoing strike for the convocation to hold

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Tuesday, November 10, asked her members to boycott the 2020 convocation and the foundation laying ceremonies of the premier university.

Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the decision by the ASUU may not be unconnected with the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union. 

The union in a release signed by the chairman of the UI chapter, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, stated that the position of the union is that holding convocation ceremonies is a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike.

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Strike: ASUU blows hot, asks members to boycott UI convocation

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige hosts the leadership of ASUU in Abuja over the ongoing strike. Credit: Twitter/Chris Ngige.
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Akinwole further stressed that the union was constrained to advise members not to be in attendance or participate in the preparation for and the actualisation of the said convocation and 72nd Foundation Day ceremonies.

It was gathered that the Union has also communicated her position via a letter written to the outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka. 

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that after the meeting between the federal government and the ASUU that went deadlock on Wednesday, November 4, the union accused the government of planning to use hunger as a weapon to weaken its agitation and demands.

It was reported that the ASUU said it was ready to suspend the seven-month-long strike but could not work on an empty stomach.

The Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Prof. Ade Adejumo, made this known on Wednesday, November 4, during a press conference to give an update on the strike action.

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In another report, the Taraba State University (TSU) chapter of the ASUU sought divine intervention on the prolonged strike action embarked by the body.

In a prayer session held at separate grounds on Tuesday, November 3, Christian and Muslim members of the chapter, sought celestial control over the crisis that has long pitched varsity lecturers against the federal government.

Also, the federal government threatened legal action against the ASUU after another meeting between both parties ended in deadlock.

The Nigerian government through Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, threatened to drag the educational body to court over its prolonged strike.

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