University autonomy backed by law, ASUU replies Buhari's minister

University autonomy backed by law, ASUU replies Buhari's minister

- The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has replied Senator Chris Ngige over his statement on the varsity's autonomy

- ASUU faulted the minister's statement stating that the law backs the university's autonomy

- The educational body has been on strike for almost a year to drive their demands

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has faulted Senator Chris Ngige's claim that the education body cannot claim to be autonomous when the government pays lecturers.

According to The Nation, ASUU on Thursday, November 12, criticised the minister of labour and employment saying the university's autonomy is backed by law.

ASUU: Ngige wrong on varsity autonomy

ASUU has faulted Chris Ngige's claim on the autonomy of the university. Photo credit: Vanguard
Source: UGC

However, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of ASUU in an interview noted that the minister cannot unilaterally alter the law.

He added that universities can only generate resources when they have been fully empowered to do so.

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Ogunyemi said:

“It appears the minister is not aware that there is a law on autonomy and if there is a law in existence that defines what autonomy means with respect to university governance, I don’t think any minister can arbitrarily annul the law."

Recall that Ngige had threatened to drag the educational body to court over its prolonged strike, stressing that the government may be forced to file a legal case against the striking workers to arrest the situation.

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

ASUU said it is ready to suspend the seven-month-long strike but cannot work on empty stomachs.

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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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